First ‘Valerian’ Reactions Praise the Spectacle, Creatures, and World-Building

     June 29, 2017


Getting an original movie made these days is hard enough, let alone one with a massive budget and complicated visual effects. But that’s essentially what filmmaker Luc Besson has done with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which is based on an old French comic book (so not 100% original, but how many moviegoers have actually heard of Valerian before?). The movie takes place in the 28th century, where a duo of special operatives—Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne)—are tasked with maintaining order throughout the human territories. They’re given their toughest assignment yet: traveling to the city of Alpha and unmasking a menace that threatens the entire universe.

The first reactions to the film landed on social media last night, and for the most part they’re pretty positive. Anticipation for this one has been high for some looking to see Besson return to The Fifth Element territory after dabbling in more grounded action fare like Lucy recently. Everyone seems to be ecstatic about the visual effects and creature designs, but when it comes to the performances and story it’s a bit more mixed.

Check out the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets reactions below. The film also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, and Kris Wu and opens in theaters on July 21st.










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