‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is More Important Than You Might Think


"Valerian" is a film that half works and half doesn't, one of the most frustrating and dazzling movies, but what works is quite spectacular. The visuals are astonishing, some of the best use of 3D in quite some time. The story is basically a hodge-podge reason to just make the most visually arresting movie in quite some time. Think "Avatar,"  to which this film bears many similarities. The actors are well cast, I can see its leads Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, having a great future in the industry. This is really top notch casting just for the sheer fact that these actors don't look ridiculous at all spewing ridiculous dialogue. Director Luc Besson has had a mixed bag filmography, but his highs (Leon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, Taken and, even, the ludicrously brilliant Lucy) have made him a formidable influential voice in cinema. "Valerian" is an ambitious attempt to create a new world like James Cameron did with "Avatar," the result is a mixed bag, but we need more people like Besson that push the envelope and refuse to adhere to the current sequelitis infesting the industry.

The film is also an important milestone in French Cinema. The fact that France can make a film on this scale is a testament to the changing tides in the industry. On one hand, they feel that once again due t the international audiences, they can make a film on the scale of a Big Budget Hollywood film and have it succeed. I know there are many that project the seeming inevitability for it to flop, but even if this flops, Valerian's sheer existence indicates that someone, somewhere, felt that France could take a swing at the Hollywood film. Valerian's sheer existence promotes an obscene amount of discussion on the changing markets of Film. For a New French Blockbuster of this budget to even exist is absolutely astonishing.
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