Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie visually mesmerizing passion work can’t make a big hit, despite a game Cara Delevingne, and at times Bhangra music.
A specter looms over Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie. When everything is settled, and Luc Besson has done crushing his last cigarette, forced to leave the table he has sat down for six hours at a lonely Parisian café where he has been smoking to forget his sadness, we will know that his new movie is one of those epic box office sensations – the kind of movie that’s written about for years to come, and spoken about only in quiet tones.
Similar to Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger and The Wachowskis’ Speed Racer, and Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending – they truly are experiencing a hard time – it will be written in the history of film as one of the most shockingly ambitious failures.
But let’s not be negatively affected and misjudge, shall we?
From Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie’s opening couple of shots, when David Bowie has fun with extravagant scenes of space, it is quite obvious that Besson is trying to recreate the success of his previous work, The Fifth Element, and the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Whether or not this was made retroactively is up for discussion.
A completely miscast Dane DeHaan – who is casually better suited to portray mild, psychologically damaged misfits, but here, Besson has given him an intergalactic rake – joins the crew as Valerian. A refreshingly-cheerful Cara Delevingne comes as his partner, Laureline, who, in a sexist turn of events, has been neglected in the movie’s title, and spends most of her time turning off his creepy advances. Together, they are inter-dimensional secret agents trying to figure out an inter-dimensional contraband operation which has something to do with pearls produced by a half-raccoon-half-anteater sort of creature.
Besson builds Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie in such a strange way that every scene seems to exist in its own, separate film. The extremely-detailed world-building just isn’t that effective.
As Valerian and Laureline leap from one dimension to another – it could be an oceanic paradise, or an underwater kingdom ruled by monsters – the empty sights and the sounds failed horribly to impress. For a movie which usually forces its characters to belt out stilted dialogue – THE Herbie Hancock has an unimpressive cameo – it’s almost impossible to keep up, and has no memorable characters, even the one who gave the movie its title.
But for all his visual innovativeness – the sparkling alien creatures with long necks, the trio of duck-ish comic relief fools, and a Jabba the Hutt wannabe who sounds a terrible lot like John Goodman – Besson’s movie can’t hide the fact that he perhaps wrote it left-handed and under the impact of some military-grade prohibited substance.
But, there is a shot respite from the infuriating assault you could be anticipated for. About an hour into the movie, Besson holds the story and forces you to drool at a shape-shifting Rihanna gloriously swaying on a stripper’s pole, while a bejewelled cowboy portrayed by Ethan Hawke cracks in the background.
In all honesty, the fact that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie became a colossal chaos shouldn’t come as such surprise. Besson’s recent work, regarding especially how fast he releases it, has been rather hit-or-miss. He hasn’t made a specifically decent movie since 2010’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, a movie towards which I am slightly in favor of due to the fact that it had shades of the Adventures of Tintin, a franchise I immensely adore.
He continues it with a combo of three movies that could only be regarded as Bessonian – the Aung San Suu Kyi biopic, The Lady; the Robert De Niro Mafia family comedy, The Family; and the science-fiction thriller, Lucy, his highest-earning movie to existence.
For Valerian, he spoiled yet another cult Franco-Belgian comic – Valerian and Laureline. It is a comic book franchise that I have had the dissatisfaction of reading, and suffice it to assure, you don’t have to be familiar with its especially odd vision of the future before seeing Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie.
The story of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets full movie behind how he got it is promising to be more intriguing than the movie itself. It’s truly a miracle how he tricked people into granting him $200 million to yield out the fever fantasy he’s been having for two decades. If the credits are true, he’s even succeed in getting a bank involved – BNP Paribas is credited as one of the 15-20 production companies behind Valerian.