February 5, 2017

Why Everyone Should Watch 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'

Matt Nadel ‘17


The first teaser trailer for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” has arrived and it looks like a spectacle everyone should watch.
Bright lights, crazy aliens and palpitating love consolidate into a mesmerizing minute-and-a-half of pure amazement. The CGI looks extremely well-done and the chemistry between actors Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, who play protagonists Valerian and Laureline, respectively, seems to work.
The film comes from very prestigious sources. It is based on the French comic series “Valerian and Laureline.” The comic began in 1967 and  is considered one of the greatest comic books of all time.
It tells the adventures of Valerian and Laureline, two heroes traveling through space and time. It’s bright neon style and magical story have allegedly inspired such massive films as “Star Wars,” “Conan the Barbarian,” and “Independence Day.”
The film is directed by Luc Besson, a well-respected director, previously directing “Leon the Professional,” “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy.”
Besides the fact that this soon-to-be-movie inspired one of the most world-renowned movie franchises ever and that it’s being directed by a visionary mind, there is one more important reason that this movie is bound to be good: the music.
The song played during the trailer is “Because” by the Beatles, which make sense given the psychedelic scenes of the video and the melody of the song that can only really be described as “trippy.” But there’s more to this song choice than one might think.
The Beatles very rarely give out the rights to their songs for movie trailers. The fact that they did for this specific movie can only mean that surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were impressed enough with the movie to be part of the trailer, which says a lot.
If the movie is based on an acclaimed comic book series, is directed by Luc Besson and the Beatles want to be associated with it, there is no doubt in any critic’s mind that “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is going to be one of the most revolutionary science fiction movies of the 21st century.
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