Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the stuff that sci-fi is made of (and based on, seriously much of the Star Wars aesthetic is lifted straight from it) and may just be the genre’s most important movie to date.
Just look at how this latest trailer conjures up wonderful effects and visual splendour that we’ve came to expect and love from Luc Basson, visionary French director behind films like The Fifth Element and the less memorable Lucy.
The trailer showcases a highly colourful and multi-layered space opera with Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (the splendidly-eyebrowed Cara Delevingine) as space police special operatives charged with looking after the human territories of a vast universe.
Their adventures take them to the intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding utopia metropolis of multiple species converged over time to unite their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone shares in these same objectives and forces are at work placing our race in danger. Valerian and Laureline must protect the citizens from these dark forces.
What I love about the trailer is that you get a little bit of everything the sci-fi action world has to offer with an inherent authenticity to the story and it’s characters.
The 1960s French graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline on which this film is based on is also essentially the premise of ever sci-fi film you know and admire (take note Star Wars elites). With this in mind, Valerian will have to go far beyond any other film to show us a side to sci-fi that we’ve never seen for it to work. Hopefully the film will translate onto our screens the stories other sci-fi movies didn’t tell or couldn’t for that matter.
If the film get’s it right, Valerian will be the most important sci-fi film you’ll ever watch. For those of you ready to leave this planet behind for a few minutes watch the trailer below. The space exploration across a hundred civialisations coming together is absolutely mind-blowing.
The film arrives to our silver screens on 21 July and from the look of things Valerian is definitely one of those films that possesses something for everyone to enjoy.