in about 100 words or less
France 137m, Colour
Director: Luc Besson; Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, Rutger Hauer
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an inventive and visually stunning science fiction film based on the French comic book Valérian et Laureline about 28th century space-time agents who find themselves at the center of a conspiracy that has covered up the destruction of an idyllic planet and its peaceful inhabitants. Comparable in look and tone to The Fifth Element (1997), Besson’s other widely criticized science-fiction fantasy, Valerian is a much better movie than critics had led me to believe. Unfortunately like many, I made the mistake of not seeing this very enjoyable film while it was in theatres (Klaus Ming November 2017).