Back in the ’60s director Luc Besson cherished a lifelong dream of creating a movie out of his favourite French comic series. Fast forward to...read more
Back in the ’60s director Luc Besson cherished a lifelong dream of creating a movie out of his favourite French comic series. Fast forward to present day, Besson rolls up his sleeves to watch his eternal dream finally come alive on screen, starring Cara Delevingne as the kick-ass spatio-temporal agent, Laureline alongside Dane DeHaan who plays the eponymous, Valerian.
The movie blasts off to outer space where Valerian and laureline travel through space and time to uphold the law. Based on the ’60s futuristic graphic novel which was twenty years later recreated as an anime dubbed “Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline,” Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets beautifully plays on the action genre slightly reminiscent of the ‘Star wars.’
In modern day when CGI and special effects rule the Kingdom of movie making director Besson and his crew have successfully managed to raise our brows while we feast our eyes on celestial creatures swarming across the outer world. The truckload of innovative Characters and Set design channelled into the production of the movie, let alone the minute detailing in every scene is impossible to sit through without missing out on each and every element which comprises a scene. Even though Besson’s obsession with avant-garde visual effects gently sways the movie away from the heart of story-telling it keeps you hooked to the eccentric artistic capabilities of mankind.
Delevingne who debuted in ‘Paper towns’ as a young adult and wooed us as enchantress in ‘suicide squad’ delivers her best performance as Laureline . Over powering DeHaan himself Delevingne earns her ticket to stardom with her no-nonsense attitude, evenly coated with intelligence effortlessly fitting into the shoes of her Character. It would be a crime not to mention Rihanna who swoops into the story as a sassy shape shifter charismatically filling the movie hall with wolf-hoots.
Despite the hard work and sweat which went into its creation the absurd plot and its vexing twists scale up to a point when your mind screams out that Simplicity is truly the keynote of all elegance. The movie is worth a second watch for some eye-candy (if you’re a graphics enthusiast then this one is a must watch) but a chaotic mess for your brain.