Luc Besson is the director that always brings something interesting. It must be a European thing. If his name doesn’t ring a bell (which I doubt), remember the cult classic “The Fifth Element”. It’s the same director.
“Valerian and the city of a thousand planets” is based on the French comic book “Valerian and Laureline”.
The action takes place in a captivating world, with spectacular visuals and a great variety of aliens. It’s fascinating to see the opening credits that dive into this original universe, with thousands of species. I got a Mad Max and Guardians of the Galaxy vibes, especially in the beginning. The downside is that the story is not that strong. It’s actually pretty generic.
And I think that there’s not that much chemistry between the main characters. They are fine, but not enough to rise up to the expectations that the first part of the movie build for you. That’s too bad, because I was so excited for their interaction. I was expecting a type of Chris Pratt-type of lovable characters. But they fall kind of flat. It bothers me when I see the actors trying and missing the mark that close.
On the other hand, the actions sequences and the alien personalities really deserve to be experienced on a big, 3d screen, which redeem the whole movie. So, theatrically, it is an exciting sci-fi experience that offers originality.
It’s definitely not a bad movie, but it will have mixed reviews because of the high expectations around it, as with all things based on comic books.
To celebrate the amazing Luc Besson original vision, I gathered a few t-shirts featuring the characters of the movie.