The science-fiction “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” starring Dane DeHaan in the title role, has moments of blissful calm. But this scene isn’t one of them.

Here, Major Valerian is on a mission to catch up with some alien characters quickly. The fastest way to get to them is to burst through a wall as well as many of the worlds in the metropolis of Alpha (the city of the title).

Valerian feels like a spiritual successor to Fifth Element, albeit with much worse dialogue and a much more confusing plot. You don’t watch The Fifth Element for its storytelling, you watch it for its joyous, ridiculous sense of place and style, and that’s doubly true for Valerian too.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

7

Movie

6.0/10

The Chase Scene

8.0/10

Overall

7.0/10

We like:

  • Valerian looks spectacular but its storytelling proves muddled
  • Visually outstanding, and with hints of Fifth Element’s incredible colour palette, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an intriguing entry into a world that would be interesting to explore again