Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets sports a reported budget of around $200 million, but seems cheaper. It has the mood of an enthusiastic kid playing in the backyard, inspired by popular space operas and alien escapades. In other words, Valerian is a jaunty, bright, dizzy sci-fi film of imagination and dazzle, following in the skywalking footsteps of the old, original Star Wars and Star Trek adventures. Inspired by a French comic series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, the movie is set somewhere in the 28th century. The title city is called Alpha, and it consists of a mass of ships from all over the universe, docked together and sharing each other's knowledge...