Continuity mistake: When Bubbles is dancing for Valerian, as the cat, she whips the drink in Valerian's hand and knocks out of the flower in the glass. The next shot shows Valerian putting the glass down on a table and the flower is now back in the glass.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Worlds is an often-visually stunning but strange science fiction adventure starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as two young lovers-Valerian and Laureline-who are also human government agents/soldiers trying to solve the mystery of a doomed alien princess and her destroyed world. CGI and SFX heavy, the film suffers from uneven pacing, hammy dialogue, underdeveloped characters and inevitable comparable elements to Star Wars, Star Trek, The Fifth Element (which director Luc Besson also worked on), Blade Runner, Total Recall and Avatar. Rutger Hauer and Rihanna show up briefly as the President of their Federation and a shape-shifting entertainer, while John Goodman appears as a Pirate leader. Worthy of seeing as a glossy artwork film that could have used better characterizations.
A Saturday morning cartoon for grown-ups, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is pure cinematic spectacle.
A dizzying display of constant special effects and non-stop action, the film's aim is to entertain first and foremost. And that it does on a consistent basis. If you desire a deep story or compelling characters, you won't get that here. The main characters are blank slates and the plot is a paper-thin series of excuses to set up the next big effects set-piece. However, if you want a wild thrill-ride like nothing you've seen before, you'll get your money's worth. It's one of the most rampantly creative films I've seen in years.
And so, I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 - "Valerian" is great, shallow, spellbinding, escapist fun.
Question: Why is the Alpha human population economy in shambles? The gargantuan Space Station Alpha resembles a fort in the outer fringes with brothels, military and Savages. Not a place of science, technology, cultural sharing.
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