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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie is a movie full of gag, charm, thrill and so many memorable scenes that many audiences will find themselves struggling not to blink an eye so as not to miss any of the breath-taking delights crammed up into each overstuffed take.
Every summer film season requires at least one out-of-left-field entry that is so joyfully insane it stands as a living rebuke to a movie industry that churns out lousy and soulless piece garbage like “Transformers: The Last Knight”. This year, that movie turns out to be Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie, a dementedly entertaining movie that shows writer and director Luc Besson uses all of his efforts to make a weirdly bizarre sci-fi epic for the ages and coming up with a virtual home run race.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie takes inspiration from Valerian and Laureline, a French comic book franchise established by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres that is said, particularly among European comic book buffs, to have affected the appearance of any vast of movies over the years, “Star Wars” included. The comics also helped to infuse an interest in the genre a ten-year-old Besson, who would ultimately hire Mezieres to help with designing the look of his own detailed sci-fi masterpiece, “The Fifth Element”.
Besson may be one in the lead on the international filmmaking field, but while seeing “Valerian”, he has reverted, in the best possible way, to the perspective of a child helplessly drew on by the wild storytelling, strange alien worlds and breathless daring actions on screen—although a kid who has been able to set together armies in order of cutting-edge visual experts and a near-$200 million budget (the greatest in French movie history) to breathe life to it all in exactly the way it played in his head.
Take place in the 28th century, the movie focuses on Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), a pair of special operatives fighting crime across the space. As the story commences, the duo are sent off to Big Market, a virtual-reality bazaar whose vendors can only be spotted and approached after putting on special equipment, to seize an hyper-rare and mighty Mül Converter, a lovely creature capable of recreating whatever it ingests. The cocky Valerian shortly finds himself being chased by a hoard of creatures while the far more awesome and collected Laureline is charged with saving his bacon, assumedly not for the first time.
The twist is that, because of a technological issue, Valerian is also stuck between two different realities with most of his body in the real world while his arm is trapped in the virtual realm. This may not make much sense but the final result on the screen is a hilarious and thrilling kind of crackpot beauty that is just one highlight of a movie full of them.
After securing the Mül Converter, Valerian and Laureline inform Alpha, a gigantic floating city that began centuries earlier as the International Space Station and has enlarged over the years to act as a second home for aliens from across the universe to live together as one. Now Alpha’s safety is being threatened from within, and Valerian and Laureline are asked to get to the bottom of things before it is too late. The pair discovers evidence of a major government conspiracy to hide a dark mistake. As they attempt to unveil the scheme before all is lost, the duo are separated from each other and experience a chain of adventures including a wild hoard of creatures, the most remarkable of which is a shape-shifting “glampod” portrayed by none but pop princess Rihanna, who shows up to give Valerian a hand with rescuing Laureline.
Besson has long been one of the most stylish moviemakers, but he overpasses himself here. There is not a shot in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie Online that ignores an eye-popping visual, whether it is a strange creature, extravagant clothes or just a throwaway absurdity hiding in a corner. (This is one of the rare cases in which the 3D option is surely the way to go).
Simultaneously, Besson is using his visual talents as a way of delivering the story instead of simply serving up pieces of gourmet eye candy. Take the stretched early scene set on a rural distant planet whose glossy and glowing inhabitants set about their stuff before being interrupted by a disastrous event. The sequence is a fundamental grabber because of the completely glorious design of the planet and its inhabitants. But as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie continues, we soon get a sense of who they are in connection to each other and how their world works without a single word of dialogue to clarify any of it.
Some will complain that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie is little more than a chain of action scenes glued together by a story that makes absolute no sense and absurdly sloppy dialogue. While some of the criticisms are true—there are times when the line seems as if it underwent one pass too many via translation software created by George Lucas — Besson’s narrative is more ambitious than normal this time and, for all the foolishness on screen, eventually touches on real-world concerns like political corruption and the international refugee crisis by lending real emotional depth to the work.
At the same time, “Valerian” is absurdly optimistic in its description of the future from the charismatic prologue featuring the evolution of Alpha to the prospect of its living together in peace the habitants. At a time when virtually every futuristic installment visualizes some sort of dystopian nightmare, the more positive vibe shown here is refreshing.
The only turn-off of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Full Movie Online, is ironically Valerian himself. Throughout his career, Besson has never that interested in storytelling based around traditionally masculine heroes. Most of his movies have focused on brave and flexible female characters, and when men have been on the front, Besson has overthrown their macho natures in some manners (like dressing Bruce Willis in Jean-Paul Gaultier in “The Fifth Element”).
Here, Valerian should be daring, bold and quick-minded, but as played by DeHaan, he comes across more like an inexperienced kid struggling to mimic the effortless charm of Han Solo. Besson obviously has his eyes more on Laureline, and audiences will be, too, thanks to Delevingne’s screenplay. She is cool, convincing in the fight takes, utterly charming, and capable of taking an oddly melodramatic speech like her highlight oratory on the essence of love and making it work. Thanks to movies like “Wonder Woman” and the recent “Star Wars” films, we are in a new era of praiseworthy female heroes at the multiplex, and Laureline is absolutely deserving of a spot among them.