There are times when I’ve been loyal to Luc Besson’s work – the visual magnificence of Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) classed him as an expert of what the French call “Cinéma du Look”. And 1994’s The Professional – with Jean Reno instructing the assassin’s game to a young Natalie Portman – dived deeper, harmonizing style with a nourishing sense of humanity. What’s more, there’s plenty to be said regarding both his sci-fi fantastic The Fifth Element (1997) and last year’s advanced Scarlett Johansson-evolution Lucy. But Besson has also messed up badly through time: The less we say about the Joan of Arc fiasco The Messenger (1999) and the easy to be noticed animated turkey Arthur and the Invisibles (2006), the better.
So what to expect about his most recent work Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie online?
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie is as marvelous as anything the French moviemaker has created and as dry as a tweet from Trump. You either follow it or you don’t. You can try, but after a horrible 137 minutes – and Valerian does not grow better as it goes along – your hope is surely going to fall apart. Yet, we must agree that this overstyled fantasy is anything but a clownish thirst for money in the Michael Bay manner. That’s what makes Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie such a noble failure rather than brand new evidence of a rocky career.
Take place in the 28th century, Valerian is an adaption of a series of French novels by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that the director claims he’s been reading ever since he was still a kid. It’s obvious that the 58-year-old moviemaker is trying to recreate the childlike fantasy he had when he first came across this sci-fi space oddity. But enchanting innocence can also appear, as it does here, a bit like delayed development.
And I have to say, the actors don’t come as helpful. Dane DeHaan plays Major Valerian, a special-ops agent ordered to maintain peace in the universe, or at least in the human grounds. It’s a huge task for this sylph-like manchild and despite countless feats of braveness, never once does he appear slightly ready for the task. DeHaan can definitely act, check him out in Chronicle, The Place Beyond the Pines and Kill Your Darlings. But here, he’s mostly asked to make joke and flirt until stunts deals the dangerous stuff for him.
But if it’s hard to cheer for Valerian, it’s even harder to care about his partner, Sergeant Laureline. As portrayed by model Cara Delevingne with a smirk that just refuse to go away, Laureline is way more courageous than Valerian, who still seems in need of a mother’s love. She can pose and coquet like a veteran in her space suit – and those eyebrows!!! – but that’s just it. In place of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie characters we get attitudes. Sorry, that just isn’t satisfying.
So with two black holes where our ballsy lovers should be, Besson is left pushing the scene, a place that puts him on solid ground. The visualizer has created an entire new world of creatures that appeal to the eye as his duo fly around Alpha, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie where beings from all over the universe unite like a United Nations of space invaders to find peace.
Yet, there’s no peace for Valerian and Laureline until they save Commander Arün (Clive Owen), who’s been taken by aliens who seem to have emerged from Avatar, and sorry, repeating the boring story puts me to sleep. Anyway, it’s slightly a ground for cameos by famous actors who should know better. Ethan Hawke joins in a pimp called Jolly, an excuse for the director to spoil his pleasure for kinky intergalactic sex games, though he even appear shy about showing his freak on here. The only savior here is Rihanna, portraying a shapeshifting stripper went by the name Bubble who performs a sort of music-video dance-off that blows life to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie for a few startling minutes. Hollywood hasn’t treated Riri right – first Battleship, then Annie and now this – but she has something this film depressingly needs: star quality.
All that’s left is glorious production design and 3D that truly serves Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie instead of replacing gimmicky murk for fun. Is there a message that Besson wants to deliver? The man has a tin ear for script lines, but he also has a view, and someone has granted him a $200 million budget to achieve it. We do know his story includes a search for a magical pearl. And for the first 20 minutes or so, Valerian is a jewel-like representation of everything you desire in Luc Besson’s. Then the pearl returns back to the oyster. And everyone is left questioning, what the hell just happened?