Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Sam Spruell and Herbie Hancock.

In the 28th century, Valerian and his partner, Laureline, work for the government trying to keep peace in space. They are given a mission to protect Alpha, a safe place for any living creatures across the galaxy, when a mysterious force threatens to not only bring down Alpha but everyone living in the city.

Positives. The biggest positive, that everyone has been saying about Valerian is the incredible visual effects the entire way through the film. It really got me thinking about how far CGI has come in such a short amount of time and really made me think of Avatar and how the Avatar sequels will have to up their game to continue to blow people’s minds. I also really appreciated the universe they build, full of vast numbers of completely different aliens that felt new and look incredibly unique. A lot of films get stick for using unnecessary CGI and it looked like film makers were going back towards practical effects, but this film shows how CGI can be used well and effectively.

Negatives. The main thing I didn’t like about this film is the awful romance plot. It felt completely forced and did not fit into the story at all. The chemistry between Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne is fine but it didn’t feel like romantic chemistry, more like just friends chemistry. For some reason, they make Valerian propose to Laureline early on and it just comes out of nowhere and serves no real purpose to the plot so was not needed. Continuing with the bad romance plot, the whole film suffers from bad dialogue. A lot of times it felt like a lot exposition was given in poor, obvious ways which made it stand out.

I did enjoy the main plot of the film but if it had better writing and got rid of the romance it would have been a lot more enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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