At least visually Luc Besson seems to bring his A-game with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, now let’s hope the movie is more The Fifth Element and less Jupiter Ascending.
“A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.”
Making a sci-fi film like this one today is very risky, especially with a $180 million budget. Star Wars works because it’s Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy had the Marvel ties. You could say Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has Luc Besson and everyone who liked his The Fifth Element, and you would be right. I hope that’s enough and if this comes together as more than just a visual showpiece (fingers crossed), really the sky is the limit. If not, well Jupiter Ascending is over in that corner, coincidentally carrying a very similar budget.
Luc Besson directed and penned the screenplay for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets based on the French comics series “Valérian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Starring in the sci-fi adventure are Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer and many others.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in the US on July 21st, same weekend as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.