I am a big fan of Writer/Producer/Director Luc Besson and was truly looking forward to seeing Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But, I must say, this hodge-podge of a sci-fi drama was pretty disappointing.
On the plus side, the characters and visuals are amazing. Kudos to Production Designer Hugues Tissandier and everyone involved. And, as for the performances, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna are both wonderful.
But, Dane DeHaan (Valerian) is about as interesting as a lump of coal and his lame asides, supposedly reminiscent of The Fifth Element, assures us he’s no Bruce Willis.
Overall, however, it’s the disjointed story that is at fault and, for the most part, is uninteresting. We’re not really sure as to what’s it all about until the last half hour. And, by then, we don’t really care.
For all its fabulous images, I can only give Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets a 3.4 out of 5.