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Published August 10th 2017
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I was fortunate to get a peek at the new Luc Besson Sci-Fi / Fantasy movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets at New Farm Cinema. Based on the French Fantasy cci-fi comics first published in 1967, 'Valérian and Laureline' was originally written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.

The plot, in a nutshell, follows special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHann) and Laureline (Cara Delevinge) on their latest adventure. The Minister of Defence sends the pair to investigate a deadly threat to the City of Alpha. Also known as the 'city of a thousand planets', because thousands of different species or life forms live in harmony despite their galactic differences.

What I liked:

The visual effects. The insane creativity displayed in every scene was remarkable. With worlds upon worlds to explore, the film manages to visually capture your attention and keep it. The costumes were fantastic, despite the occasional call-back to Spaceballs, but let us not judge a movie by the size of a few helmets. Technically and visually, this is a must-see in the big screen type movie.

What I thought was not so great:

It wasn't that the cast was bad, they have been good in other things. They just lacked chemistry - I guess its hard to catch lightning in a bottle. The film took quite a while to set up and then seemed to rush to an end.

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A perfect illustration of this is the subplot romance between Valerian and Laureline. They start with the age-old question 'So why aren't we together?' and then skip the whole 'relationship part' of you know, a relationship. Without spoiling it for you, let's just say things escalate at warp speed.

It is however quite a funny film. There were a few belly laugh moments and I confess to several bouts of giggling. Riri does make an appearance. Yes, Rhianna plays every man's fantasy – literally. Her character, Bubble, can shapeshift into whatever they desire.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is worth a watch. It's imaginative, amusing and cleverly made. You will forgive what it lacks because you will be so enthralled in the exciting new world they have created. In cinemas 10th of August!

Get your 3D tickets now!

Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen

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