Luc Besson’s latest movie, Valerian, has been his most-want-to-do plan for more than 20 years. It’s based on comic strips that fired his imagination as a petit garcon. It’s enabled him to let loose with digital techniques he wished he’d had back on The Fifth Element. This action movie is made it on his own terms, free of any studio interference, despite the production’s whopping $180 million budget. In short, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie is the most ambitious and colossally risky cinematic endeavor since Avatar.
The result is worth Besson’s effort and the risk he took. It so breath-taking, so neon and so lacking in any sense of creative restraint that makes most of other space operas look shabby and timid. If you thought Jupiter Ascending was visually conservative and insufficiently bewildering, or Rihanna’s sequence of pole-dances as a shapeshifting prostitute could greatly improve The Force Awakens, then Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the movie for you. With jellyfish that eat memories, aquatic monsters the size of cathedrals and a bazaar so bizarre that its exist simultaneously in different dimensions, the movie looks like how James Gunn would do with Guardians Of The Galaxy from MCU might have turned out if he were a being made of pure mescaline.
We have to applaud Besson for his hard work and amazing creativity in creating such speechless visual of outer space. This is world-building where not even the sky is the limit and every frame is stuffed with mad-genius invention. However, besides visual, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer misses everything else that a movie should have: story, characters, coherence, etc. If you ask me, I would say it isn’t a movie but a portfolio showcasing great work of visual design.
In 2 hours and 15 minutes, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie makes me feel like a marathon runner at a sprint, so exhausting. During those rare, nano-moments where Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne slow down to talk and flirt, they communicate only in leaden cliché-ese. Besson may be able to marshal the mighty forces of VFX to artfully craft any weirdo monster or spaceship he can squirt out from his mind, but he can’t create any chemistry bond between his creations. DeHaan, a actor who is the best to be employed as the wan, moody outsider, is desperately miscast as the supposedly suave, jet-booted hero. Delevingne is given little more to do than pout, glower and punch Clive Owen repeatedly. There’s no sense of depth or history to this couple, no reason for audiences to care for either their mission or their ersatz romance throughout Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie online.
Continue with the plot, without any propels from all the shiny, greeble-covered cladding, it’s flimsier than a bottle rocket attempting re-entry. There’s a cute alien critter our heroes have to rescue from a place. Then, they take it to another place, where aliens who look like supermodels want the cute critter to be given back. That’s pretty much Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie online.
The sad truth is, once the giddy novelty of riding dodgems in Besson’s psychedelic space-carnival wanes, it all becomes quite grating, almost enough to make you want to grab the nearest memory-eating jellyfish. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie online is wildly ambitious space opera, but also a self-indulgent narrative morass. Sometimes, it seems that creativity can benefit from a few limitations.