Personally, I think this looks incredible. The action, the special effects, the chemistry between Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne- it all looks absolutely perfect. The neon-infused color palette is beautiful, the action appears to be dazzling, and most importantly, the film just seems like a lot of fun. Luc Besson directed The Fifth Element back in the 1990s, so this is definitely something that is in his wheelhouse. My only question at this point is the viability of this as a box office smash. I would love it if we got a Valerian franchise, but judging by recent sci-fi bombs like Jupiter Ascending and John Carter, that won't be so easy. American audiences don't like trying new, weird things, and Valerian certainly looks pretty out-there in terms of content. However, there does seem to be one common thread among the big sci-fi movies that have flopped- none of them were good. If Besson delivers the goods with Valerian, then we might just have the new sci-fi franchise we've been dreaming of.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 26, 2017.
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