Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
*Disclaimer* once you all see this a lot of you will probably think I'm an absolute madman :P
Space operas are my bread & butter.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets feels like it was made specifically for me. This movie is so far up my alley it's not even funny. Luc Besson created this immersive and beautiful world that I never wanted to leave. It is easily the most bonkers film I've seen. There's truly no other movie quite like it. I'm still in awe of what I just saw. A fantasy science fiction epic for the ages. It's a totally new and refreshing experience that I ate up like a fucking meal from one of Gordan Ramsay's restaurants.
From the very start I was completely absorbed in this film's world. The visuals, the colors, and the aesthetic are astonishing. I was blown the fuck away by Luc Besson's vision. This is what happens when a visionary has complete freedom to make the film they want to make. The fact this movie actually exists is a wonder. People are always complaining about the lack of originality in film nowadays; well here you go. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is one of the most original and imaginative films I've ever seen. SEE THIS IN 3D!!! The visuals and special effects are nothing short of spectacular to put it lightly. Everything looks absolutely incredible.
I enjoyed Cara and Dane quite a bit. I was worried the most about them going in because based on reviews, they seem to be getting the most flack. I really dug them both in this movie. They're pretty goofy, but the tone of their performances worked perfectly for this movie considering the movie itself is a big bloated fantasy science fiction space film. Between the two, I definitely liked Cara more. Her best performance to date imo.
Look y'all I don't think this movie is perfect and I admit that. However, I had such a fantastic time watching it and was totally amazed; the minor issues I had with it never once bothered me or took me out of the movie. Yeah, the story and script could have been a little better. But I think they were good enough. Again, those things didn't really bother me because of how invested I was into this thing. Valerian is literally like nothing you have ever seen before. There isn't a single movie in existence like this movie. This is groundbreaking cinema that is YEARS ahead of it's time. Yes, 10 years from now Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be getting the Speed Racer treatment. I'm just glad I'm here from day 1.
I highly recommend seeing both Valerian and Dunkirk this weekend. They're both so similar, yet so different at the same time. One is a creative and imaginative science fiction film and the other is a grounded in reality World War II film. But they are both movies that take the audience through a spectacular experience.