VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
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(Great special effects/stupid story)
Laurelline (Cara Delevingne) doesn't share equal billing with her space agent Valerian (Dane DeHaan) in this futuristic sci-fi marathon of a movie. Perhaps it is because she pouts her way through the 2¼-hour movie, rejecting her starry-eyed partner who repeatedly asks her to marry him.
Their mission is to recover a stolen converter in an attempt to save distant planets. The plot is so jumbled, it is hard to tell who is who and what is what.
The movie opens on the beautiful planet of Mur, where hairless people are living in peace harvesting pearls when there planet is blown to smithereens. The action jumps from planet to planet, galaxy to galaxy, with the pair finding themselves in a tourist trap one minute, fending off giant jellyfish underwater the next.
I didn't care much for the teenage heroes or the officers of the United Human Federation very much. The remaining inhabitants of Mur did gain my sympathy.
The salvation for this overlong, jumbled mess of a movie is the attention to a wide variety of fascinating looking characters and the special effects in outer space. If only the writers had given us characters to care about and a story line we could follow.
Rated PG-13 with minor profanity and sexual references, plus lots of violence.