Luc Besson directed one of my favorite science-fiction space operas with The Fifth Element. It was wild, colorful, strange, and yet somehow still felt like a universe that was lived in. Sure, not a lot of it actually made any kind of sense, but it was so much fun that I didn’t care.
Now the director returns to making big screen science-fiction with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The first trailer dropped late last year, and the second has just landed. You can check it out here:
You can totally see elements he played around with in The Fifth Element on display here — and with good reason. That previous film was a smaller version of what he has always wanted to make, which is a movie based on the Valerian comics. Those comics are actually some of the most influential pieces of science-fiction, which you can see aspects of in the likes of Star Wars.
Valerian is the kind of Sci-Fi film that went a way for a while and was replaced with darker, grittier, brooding kinds of films. We didn’t really go back to something like this until Guardians of the Galaxy, really but I’m glad we did. This looks like it could be another fun ride and Besson promised more if it is successful.
So, yes, I’m excited — but I’m also very worried. There’s something about this movie’s marketing that makes it feel more serious — it reminds me a more of Jupiter Ascending than it does The Fifth Element, which makes me very nervous. At this point, I’m just hoping for the best.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will premiere in theaters on July 21, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis:
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) 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 (Clive Owen), 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.