The costumes and styling are out of this world!
I consider this one of the most visually appealing films I’ve ever seen. Is it cinematic gold? I would say no, but that doesn’t take away from how much fun it is to watch. This feature is funny, sparkling, and I’d have no problem taking a child to see it. It began on a high note, then descended into a seemingly long, patched together group of ideas with lackluster acting to carry it through.
Plot: Valerian is based on the long loved comic book series and adapted for screen by The Fifth Element’s (1997) Luc Besson. Far away in the 28th century, a peaceful planet’s serenity is in danger. Agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are sent to face a danger that threatens the safety of the universe. They meet all kinds of life along the way, and they learn more about each other on the journey.
Style: I would lie flat in the road for some of these looks, that’s how gorgeous they were. This includes feminine frocks and skirts, but also the federation uniforms and many of the extraterrestrials’ ensembles. I love anything military-inspired, so I’m always pleased with the uniforms in sci-fi. Yes, there was the commonplace tribal meets the cosmos apparel. Yet, I expect this “past and future” way of dress is something humans will always gravitate toward. This was a fashion win, and 3-D so nicely allows inspection of garment construction. I’d visit an exhibition of all the costumes if I could.
Release date: July 21st