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Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian was quite the paradox.

On one had, you have a film of such brilliant imagination, outstanding technical skills, and strangely breathtaking visuals all conjured up in front of your eyes. It was, to say the least, a real quality piece of visual spectacle. On the other hand, however, you have an utterly basic plot, hopelessly static characters with personalities as deep as an oyster, embarrassing failed attempts at humor, and terrible writing. Dane DeHaan, which I enjoyed in some of his previous works, was also an absolute miscast here and Cara Delevingne felt like a chore to watch.

So yes, despite the gleefully inventive and gorgeously rendered imagery, Valerian felt overstuffed trying to add more depth to it at every turn making the whole thing a big giant mess. There's a good film in there somewhere and it can be quite enjoyable - if you immerse yourself into the world and ignore everything else - but if you're looking for something emotionally moving, intellectual, or powerful, let go of this one immediately and watch Dunkirk instead.

Movie Review: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Reviewed by DAM on 2:53 AM Rating: 5

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