7/10, Action, Movies, Science Fiction

[Movie Review] Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen
Duration: 2h 16m
Release: 4 August 2017 (UK)

Overview: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.


Review: At the beginning of the movie, there is this clip, where different Captains welcome different delegations on boards of their ships. I thought that including some old school footage in this preview was a really nice touch. I liked how much information we are given at the beginning and during the movie – not too much, but there is quite a lot of things to see.

What I liked THE MOST about this movie, hands down, is how much thought must have gone into the graphics. Different races, clothes, languages – it really made me ask more questions that I got answers and I would happily watch another movie to learn about different species presented in this one.


On the other hand, I was disappointed by the relationship between Valerian and Laureline. We meet them not really knowing how long they knew each other, whether they have been working together for a while and so on. Since there is so little background, it is difficult to relate to their interactions.

Somehow, I didn’t particularly like how the main characters interacted with each other. While the situations when Laureline was speaking to the three alien informants are a bit of a comic relief, the other conversations in the movie felt flat.


Overall, I think that the movie focused on something that I haven’t seen too often before. It links to how actions of one person can affect others, not in the immediate future, but years later. At the same time, the movie has somehow similar feeling to it as Fifth Element, directed by the same person.

My favorite character in the movie was Bubble.

Rating: 7 / 10

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