- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets review by William London
I'm going to make an analogy. Do you remember how much people liked the original Star Wars trilogy? And do you remember why Star Wars Episode I was so disappointing? It's mostly because it was filled with far too much CGI, the story was not that interesting, some lead actors could not act at all, and there was a flawed main character. Now do you remember how much people liked Luc Besson's Fifth Element? Valerian is like Episode I. Worse in fact.
Valerian fails as a movie but succeeds as a promotional tool for Besson's CGI studio. But do you want to pay to watch a 2-hour ad?
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- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets review by AL
I was really looking forward to watching this, having loved the Fifth Element and other Besson films. However i was just bored, the plot seemed to go off all over the place. I never usually pick up on editing, but the edting was aweful. Space bits and CGI were fine, just the plot and acting were terrible, no wonder if flopped at the box office. Real shame. Lead character was dreadful as well, Cara was better.
6 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
Amazing visuals, lacklustre story
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets review by CJ
This film has a quite amazing intro showing a peaceful alien planet and the inhabitants way of life. However as the film progressed it became very much a run of the mill affair concentrating on the two main characters weak, love relationship. Although the leads lead characters were okay, its's a great shame that rather than focusing on human characters it could have focused more on an alien story and an adventure of the like we have never ever seen (but not like Avatar please...).
So overall, this film is a bit of a disappointment because we've seen virtually all the elements here in other films. Many sci-fi console games tell a better story. Yes the visual style is stunningly bright and colourful but was lacking something emotionally engaging. It could have been much cooler and sexier. Come on, the Japanese were creating better animated stories in the 1980s than this! Why not give us 'Dirty Pair', of which this film reminded me for an instant, or 'Bubblegum Crisis'.
That said, Besson is one of the few directors that can capture alien and sci-fi imagery in a way that reminds me of the early 1980s 2000ad weekly comics I loved as a child. If only someone could make some film versions of the 2000ad stories besides Judge Dredd (or just some of the better Dredd stories). I would love to see an authentic ABC Warriors/ ro-busters movie (though not if they do a transformers style reboot).
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