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Beautiful on the Outside – ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Review

posterI was the only one in the theater. Sheesh.

If you liked The Fifth Element you’ll probably enjoy Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The visuals are stunningly original. It has fantastic effect and production design in service to the world building. Unfortunately, the story is simplistic and the characters are lightly drawn. It sags a bit in the middle, but then picks up to finish off as a light adventure story. It all adds up to a decent time at the movies if you’re into French comic book adaptations. For what it’s worth, I found it more visually engaging than the comic book source material. If you enjoy science fiction tropes and seeing the boundaries of visual effects pushed, then this film should be a forgettable, but enjoyable ride.

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