The second I saw that Luce Besson's Fantasy/Sci Fi, Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets, was playing in theatres, I immediately convinced my entire family to watch it with me out of pure excitement. Prior to watching the movie, I had only seen the trailer and hadn't read any reviews. I vaguely remember the plot of the movie from the trailer—something about a human named Valerian who lives in outer space and needs to save the galaxy, or something. I thought it was just my horrible memory. After watching the movie, I realize that the plot was just weak in general
Although I have enough thoughts and opinions to power through a Super Essay, I genuinely don’t feel like writing one. Mostly because I don’t even think it’s worth my time.
That said, let’s get the biggest thing out of the way. Yes, the visuals were great. The CGI did not disappoint and Luce Besson did an amazing job at making the world from the comic books come to life. But as far as film and storytelling goes, that’s about it.
Here are all the things I found wrong with Besson’s Valerian:
I rest my case. Thinking about this shipwreck of a movie has exhausted me to the point where I don't even want to drag it or Besson any further. A waste of high budget and well made CGI. See for yourself, if you'd like. I advice that you do not so investors will no longer have an excuse to let such movies to be made ever again. Consumer/buyer power exists, so let's not create a market for movies like these. The fact that they made this happen seriously baffles me, especially at a time where amazing, action-packed and well-written action movies such as Wonder Woman or Spiderman: Homecoming, or even just Star Wars: The Force Awakens/Rogue One exists.
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