Luc Besson is back and this time behind the camera. This is actually a true “Luc Besson film”. He has actually directed this one and not just produced it as he’s been doing in the last decade.
Valerian & the city of a Thousand Planets has Luc back to his Fifth Element days with this interestingly sounding sci-fi film. That comes across in the below, first, image from the film. It’s not as bonkers as the costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. They look almost normal.
Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.