Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review

Rating: 5 out of 10 Cast: Dane DeHaan as Valerian Cara Delevingne as Laureline Clive Owen as Arün Filitt Rihanna as Bubble Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp Herbie Hancock Kris Wu as Sergeant Neza Rutger Hauer as the President of the Human Federation John Goodman as the voice of Igon Siruss Elizabeth Debicki as the voice of Haban Limaï Sam Spruell as General Okto Bar Alain Chabat as Bob the Pirate Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review: There are all kinds of directors. There are directors who focus on words, delivering intellectual and sometimes complex works amid flat or basic backgrounds. There are directors with fantastic visual storytelling sensibilities, not just able to create a mesmerizing mise en scène but to deliver pertinent information with it. And there are the rare, rare few who are both, letting words and pictures intermingle and support one another without playing favorites. Luc Besson is not one of the rare ones. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a founding member (so to speak) of Cinéma du look is more capable with visuals than words, and in film that’s not necessarily a drawback. As long as a filmmaker understands how dialogue […]

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