Luc Besson is a great director with plenty of hits. It looked as if he would have another one with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It has everything a big time blockbuster includes: big name director, massive budget for special effects, big name stars. What could go wrong ?
Agent Valerian is played by Dane DeHaan. I have said it before that I just don’t like his face. It’s rarely expressive enough to convey a cocky Han Solo type of character. He just has permanent bad guy face. His delivery of lines are also quite dry. He was extremely miscast in the lead here.
His co-star Cara Delevingne is about as lifeless as the lead. The two of them have little to no chemistry and the playful flirtatious scenes are just awkward in execution between them. Clive Owen is a rather cliche villain. The real star is the CG. The cities are crazy. Beautifully built worlds and extremely detailed aliens are abound. Seems they spent all of their money on special effects and skimped on getting the right people to carry this film.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a movie that thrives on visual effects. It’s essentially it’s saving grace. Because the lead actors are flat and the script is blah. With the aliens taking center stage and making you wish they were the main focus this movie misses wide right of it’s big time goal. Valerian turns in a 2 star effort.