Format: Cinema Release date: 2 August 2017 Distributor: Lionsgate Director: Luc Besson Writer: Luc Besson Based on the comic strip ‘Valerian and Laureline’ by: Pierre Christin, Jean-Claude Mézières Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke
Dopey, dumb and delightfully loopy in all the right ways, Besson’s movie is eye-candy of the highest order.
’Though I’m past one hundred thousand miles
I’m feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows’
– David Bowie, ‘Space Oddity’
Savant-auteur Luc Besson must have known all too well he wouldn’t have a dry eye in the house during the opening minutes of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. A moving montage details several hundred years’ worth of cordial diplomatic greetings twixt a multitude of interstellar species. Not only is this all presented by the candy-coloured clown they call Besson with his trademark kino-eye of dreamy, fertile, Eurotrash fancy-pants nuttiness, but it’s set to the haunting strains of the late, great David Bowie crooning his immortal ‘Space Oddity’.
Format: DVD Release date: 20 June 2016 Distributor: Lionsgate Entertainment Director: Kevin Greutert Writers: Lucas Sussman, L.D. Goffigan Cast: Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Gillian Jacobs
A familiar plot revolving around a pregnant woman, decently directed.
SPOILER ALERT: This review discusses the big twist(s) – though anyone who’s seen a horror film in the last 50 years will pretty much be able to guess them from reading the sleeve copy.