Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are special operatives charged with keeping order throughout the human territories. On assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two undertake a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where species from across the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence, and cultures. At the center of Alpha is a mysterious dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
The movie wasn't bad.. plot pretty good.. but the carry out was horrible.. and the 2 main characters unbelievable. Maybe an older cast or better actors.. movie got a bit confusing at parts
I will say that it does look nice for a fair bit of it. Even then, the cg looks awful sometimes and there are some very distracting inconsistencies. The acting by the leads genuinely angered me at points, the male lead feels like he should be played by someone with more charisma (given that's the point of the character). Somehow Rihanna was the best part of this. The writing felt unnatural for a majority of it and the whole experience was very reminiscent of Jupiter Ascending. The idea is kinda interesting but the execution was nowhere near as well handled as it should have been.
This movie is such a let down, I have never read the comics that it is based off but I think fans would be hugely disappointed. The opening sequence is probably the best in the whole film, the effects are amazing, I love the design of the Mul, the landscape, the creatures, the event etc. But then it all goes down hill from there. I could tell the film was trying to use it's effects to bring people in. It would have worked back in 2009 but not today when CGI isn't new or *that* exciting anymore. Valerian is a bit of a Gary Stu, he boats about his achievements, but throughout the film is shown to be incompetent, lazy, and ignorant. I hate this character. Laureline is so bland there's nothing really to say about her. The interesting characters come and go so fast, we never learn more about them or why we should care about them. Like Bubble, her story seemed so interesting, but it was over so fast. The main actor and actress in this film are pretty bad, and I never really comment on performance but this time I had to. Valerian sounded like he was making his voice deeper to sound more manly, Laureline had 0 emotion. Her entire performance can be summed up with the :/ emoticon. Even when Valerian is in life threatening situations she doesn't seem too bothered about it. To say that he wants to marry her (says this repeatedly) there is 0 chemistry between the two. They fight more than they show emotion towards each other. Rhianna's performance was probably the best in the whole movie, it is a shame we didn't learn more about her character. The main focus was on Valerian and Laureline (well he is the title Character) but I feel more time should have been devoted to the story of Mul and it's people. There were some cool concepts, like the market in another dimension, but on the whole it was poorly executed and badly acted.
A movie with magnificent colors and good fighting scenes, a nice story , i read some reviews here were said the acting was bad , but I think they weren't . honestly they did a good acting , at least in the end I Enjoyed it .and that is the purpose of any movies ,that is what every people want . in my opinion this movie need some attention, and maybe the main actors are young, but they need some encouragement from us , really worth my time.7/10