August 24, 2017 by admin_name

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
released 2017

“Valerian” is a French, sci-fi, action film taken after the French, sci-fi graphic novel series (also known as “Valerian: Agent Spatio-Temporel” or “Valerian et Laureline”) created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. It was directed by Luc Besson and written by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. It stars a large cast of very talented people such as Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Sam Spruell, Alain Chabat, Rutger Hauer, Peter Hudson, Xavier Giannoli, Louis Leterrier, Eric Rochant, Benoit Jacquot, Olivier Megaton, Sasha Luss, Elizabeth Debicki, Pauline Hoarau, Lee Delong, Diva Cam, Marie Barrouillet, Jean-FrancoisLenogue, Aurelien Gaya, Velvet D`Amour, Clair Tran, Mikael Buxton, Roman Blomme, Reginal Kudiwu, Eric Lampaert, Sand Van Roy, Robbie Rist, Paul Lefevre, Florian Guichard and Pauline Serreau. This is a fun and visually stunning film that is definitely worth your time. It was produced by Luc Besson and Virginie Besson-Silla.

Valerian goodreads webpage

Valerian Movie website

Valerian IMDb webpage

“Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” is the story of two agents on a seriously dangerous mission to retreive an important artifact/creature of alien origin. What starts out as a dangerous task of retrieval turns into a situation where the two agents right a wrong done on an alien species. But so much happens in between. There is the beautiful world building from the most creative minds of Jean-Claude Meziere and Pierre Christin and Luc Besson filled with the most exotic, alien creatures and the adventures, foibles and sexual tensions between the two main characters all rolled into a wonderful story with a wonderful main theme. The world building is a strange and exciting look at what alien life could look like and what our co-exisitence with those different forms of life might look like. And of course technology, so much technology of all kinds everywhere. From fancy spaceships to digital worlds layered on top of each other, Valerian (played by Dane Dehaan) and Laureline (played by Cara Delevingne)must navigate them all to fuflfill their misson.

I really don´t want to give away spoilers because you should really see it. If you love sci-fi, a good story with universal themes, fun story telling where you have a lot of action and danger with just a pinch of drama then this is for you. If you like Luc Besson movies or Clive Owen acting then this is for you. If you want to find out what good actors Herbie Hancock are Rihanna are then this movie is for you because they did some fine acting. I was dazzled by the ideas and imagination of this film it really was candy for the eyes and a hearty stew for the imagination.

One element of storytelling brilliance was how such different life forms could live together. The idea of having a type of cloud that grew from a space station was just brilliant. Over time, each of the hundreds of spieces found their nitch and became part of a huge station/world. That was just fantastic. The Big Market in the beginning of the film was brilliant too. It was a virtual city, complete with shady neighborhoods and tour guides like guide Thaziit, played by Eric Lampaert. (What a good job Eric Lampaert did as a tour guide too). I loved the way they had signs to notify humans which areas to stay out of. That was brilliant and hilarious.

Some critiques have given this film an unfair mediocre review and that is a shame because it was really very good. I don´t know the politics behind such unfair criticism but in any case the dishonest critics should be ignored here. I highly recommend “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” as a must see and even own for your library of great sci-fi films. It´s a beautiful and fun film. I loved it.

Written by John Appius Quill


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