In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe. (1)
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Hello, Movie Buffs!
In Luc Besson’s new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017), he takes what people loved about his 1997 film The Fifth Element and the visuals of James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar, and gave us one of the most visually pleasing films since Avatar. It is obvious how much work went into bringing the world of Valerian to life. The visuals are amazing and captivating, to say the least. There is a ton of CGI that is so realistic that most of it could pass as movie makeup and it also shows how cheaply the effects are in some movies. In addition, it is impressive the creativeness of the Art Direction, Set Direction (Evelyne Tissandier), Costume Design (Olivier Bériot), and the Makeup Department (Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen), which only enhances the beauty of the world displayed; a world where well known cameos don’t feel forced or out of place.