Saturday, August 12, 2017

MOVIE - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

PG-13 (2:17)
Wide release 7/21/17
Viewed one night after work - 9:30 show in Carlisle (8/9/17)
IMBd: 6.7/10
RT Critic:  50  Audience:  57
Critic's Consensus:  Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planetsuses sheer kinetic energy and visual thrills to overcome narrative obstacles and offer a viewing experience whose surreal pleasures often outweigh its flaws.
Cag:  4 I liked it, it was fun and reminded me of Star Wars a bit
Written & Directed by Luc Besson
EuropaCorp/STX Films

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevigne, Clive Owen, Rihanna

My comments:  Interesting movie, and entertaining, though a little long.  It was sort of StarWars-y, I'd say.  Lots of humor, weird-looking creatures from elsewhere in space, plenty of action, and lovey-dovey stuff.  I think I noticed during the credits that Lucasfilms had something to do with it, and I'm not surprised.  I liked it, it was fun.

RT/ IMDb Summary:  VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

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