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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu

Rated: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language.
Reviewed by: Audralee  
Release date: July 21, 2017 Released by: STX Entertainment

Stunning visuals is about all this movie had going for it. Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne) were dull and exhausting to watch as they attempted to play out what I assume was meant to be a love-hate relationship, though far from it. The audience learns very little about these characters , aside from their rank and a vaguely mentioned playlist Valerian has, detailing his romantic exploits. There is a poorly tossed out mention of something happening to Valerian's mother but that's about as far as they get.

The only potential good in the film, a lovable shapeshifting alien entertainer, Bubble (Rihanna), teased at something worthwhile (despite her bizarre introduction) until they ultimately killed off and destroyed what we liked about the character in her rushed and unnecessary demise. For such a lively and vivacious character to go from hoping a future to welcoming death over life, it just felt like they just couldn't let her steal the show. 

Zigzagging from one event to another, I didn't really get the feeling they knew where they wanted this film to go. We got an obvious villain, a lot of pointless misunderstandings, a weird princess inhabiting our main character's body (random much?) and a rather anticlimactic finisher which left one feeling irritated. That's 137 minutes of my life I won't be getting back.

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