Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)


“I’m fighting for a noble cause, too. Mine.” – Igon

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Two Federal agents are sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient artifact that could save the entire universe.

My Take on it – This film gets so much credit in my book for the daring steps taken by Director Luc Besson to gives us such a visually stunning film that takes place in a world that truly defies the imagination.

The characters are all quite fascinating to watch no matter what species they are part of.

The two lead characters are quite interesting to follow and despite no getting to know enough about them, we still can easily feel a connection to them and want to see what will happen to them.

It has been a long journey, but film making technology has reached the point where a film like this can be made where it all looks seemingly real by using special effects to create other kinds of worlds and creatures.

It’s too bad that most filmmakers aren’t as daring and bold as Besson and would rather rehash an old idea instead of raising the bar with films like this.

That being said, the story presented here is slightly weak yet it still keeps things open for us to be interested in seeing more stories with these characters in the future.

The pacing is great and things move along at breakneck speed and constantly draws the viewing in.

Let’s hope that Besson is able to make more films about these characters in the future.

The opening montage is amazing and I even watched it twice because it was so fascinating.  The song major Tom was the perfect choice for those scenes.

This is a film that I would be interested in seeing again soon because it has the potential for being better on multiple viewings!

Bottom Line – Besson does a wonderful job creating a visually amazing film that truly defies the imagination. The characters are quite interesting and despite not being overly developed, we still can easily connect to them. This is the kind of story that can now be told due to the technological advances of film and I wish more filmmakers will be as daring as Besson to try and get their ideas put to film. That being said, the story itself isn’t spectacular, but it still moves at a great pace and draws the viewer in quite well.  I, for one, would be very interesting in seeing many more films that take place in this world and with these characters.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There are 200 different alien species in this movie. Luc Besson wrote a 600 page book describing in details all the species. The actors had to read that book prior to filming so they can adjust their acting depending on the species they were interacting with. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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5 thoughts on “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

  1. Nice Review, I always felt that if they had a better lead pairing, this could have been special, DeHaan is a great actor but he isn’t an action star, and Cara (can’t spell her name) is not good enough for leading roles.

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