Luc Besson is a very visionary director, but 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is a perfect example of way too much CGI for one film. Yes, the dynamic visuals does highlight this ambitious fantasy adventure, but - just like 'Jupiter Ascending' - the film drowns in its own ambition.
Most of the film plays like a video game. Due to the heavy CGI, the film offered very little reality, resulting in a film that left me emotionless. I didn't feel their fear, their agony, their enthusiasm. The virtual reality element is taken to the next level in the film, but as a result there simply is no suspense whatsoever.
The film is also overlong. There are so many scenes here that should have ended on the cutting room floor. The subtle humor in the beginning of the film became increasingly stupid to slapstick level as the film progressed, diminishing every inch of suspense the CGI didn't already ruin. The film's heroes are also much too young to be believable. Make no mistake, they are good actors, especially Dane DeHaan, but I didn't buy their characters as Major and Sergeant. This is an all-star cast and I can't understand why, as most of the actors are unrecognizable anyway. Rihanna was also just stupid as Bubble. (Ok, maybe she's not entirely to blame; Bubble was just an idiotic, stupid character.)
I only really found the film interesting during the final act, and interesting twist, as the heroes realize a "threat" was actually a cover-up.
It is so easy, though, to understand why this 'Avatar/Star Wars' wannabe film failed, apart from its excessive budget.
Would I watch it again? No, I doubt it.
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