“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”-Review:

A dark force threatens Alpha, a massive metropolis and home to species from thousands of planets. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) must unmask this threatening foe to protect Alpha and the universe at large. 

Valerian is one of those properties that I’m aware of but I’m not too familiar with. I know it’s a popular graphic novel, and some people love it, but outside of that I don’t know much. These trailers did a good job of getting me absolutely hooked. Valerian already feels like a lived in world from the trailers. If director Luc Besson can deliver a film as engaging as the marketing material, we’re in for one helluva ride. 

Valerian was a bit of a mixed bag. Some of the narrative didn’t flow as well as you’d like, but that didn’t bog down this experience by any means. Luc Besson as always delivers incredible visuals. This film is bright and vibrant throughout. His direction makes Valerian a must see. From the worlds he brings to life, the action sequences, and CGI. Besson brings this graphic novel to the big screen and spared no expense. 

DeHaan and Delevingne turn in two great performances. DeHaan is a great actor so you can count on him for that, but I was genuinely surprised with Cara Delevingne’s work here. Her chemistry with DeHaan really came off the screen. If they don’t have great chemistry this movie would be lacking in a big way. Their relationship doesn’t feel forced. It comes off as a natural thing. Thankfully their banter and love story are also strong parts of this film. 

Besson did a good job building a lived in world. When the film kicks off you’re pulled into everything happening on screen. Valerian is a must see. It’s an action packed love story that you’ll enjoy from beginning to end. 

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