Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

From the visionary director of The Fifth Element, comes his latest sci-fi epic. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on an acclaimed french comic series. Valerian and Laureline are intergalactic government agents, tasked with keeping the peace. Despite a strong working relationship, Valerian has made it blatantly clear he wants to move things to the next level. However, Laureline isn’t having any of this due to his extensive history with ladies across the galaxy. As romance dangles in the balance, the two are sent to the super colony, Alpha, home to thousands of alien species looking to live and work in harmony. Or so they think. Dark forces are at work in Alpha, and it’s up to Valerian and Laureline to uncover their secrets.

Where did this come from!? What a spectacularly visual trailer! Everything about it just popped: the colors, the characters, the action!  I don’t think I’ve been excited for a Luc Besson movie like this since The Fifth Element. Sure, Lucy was okay, but I know I speak for others when I say we’ve been starved for some quality Besson action!  So let’s dig in!

Story wise, our teaser is more of a sizzle reel than anything else. The only real clues we have are the interactions between Dane DeHaan and Clara Delevinge’s characters. Like the plot synopsis above, it’s clear Dane DeHaan’s Valerian wants a more romantic relationship with Laureline who’s less than enthusiastic about the idea. A key moment in the trailer comes in a voice over from Laureline saying “We get on just great. You flirt. I smile.” Then she slaps him. The line and its delivery should give you a pretty good indication of where things are standing for them.

The rest of the trailer has epic action sequences intermixed with grandiose visual pieces. This trailer is full of colorful and imaginative imagery. I love the art direction in this film, which is no surprise as Besson has a great visual eye. In truth, I can’t really find anything wrong with this teaser. I only hope that the film can continue to keep up its hype until release. Check out Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in theaters July 21, 2017.

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