If you’re excited for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, then you’ll love what follows. Valerian is based on the long-running french comic Valérian and Laureline, with the adaptation being directed by The Fifth Element and Lucy helmer Luc Besson. Besson nabbed Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne for his leading roles as the story follows Valerian and Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with keeping order thought the universe. But after being tasked with a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha from their Commander, the partners come into direct conflict with unseen forces that put them in great danger.
I’ve been back and forth in this one from the beginning. I’m a sci-fi junky so it stood out to me right away, and while Besson is always able to capture visuals at the highest of levels, his films have never really felt complete. That was exactly the case with the trailers. Stunning visuals, but they just felt like something was missing. And while many may not even bother going to see it if they don’t like the trailers, I’ve seen enough from Valerian to give me hope. And luckily for us, early screenings are already happening, and that could end up being a really good thing for this film.
Before we get to those all important early reactions, more beautiful looks have been released, this time in the form of images and posters. They’re scattered throughout the post, but the images, just as the trailers have showed, show not just incredible work from the visual department, but the insane creativity that Besson and his team used. Now, of course, because the film is based on previous source material, some of those ideas came from that, but this is the director of The Fifth Element, look at the imagination all over that film.
It’s interesting. While I haven’t really gotten over that line of being truly excited for it yet, I’ve really enjoyed the marketing approach. Just as much of marketing implies, this is unlike any film we’ll see this summer, maybe all year. Sure, we’ll see sci-fi, but not this kind of sci-fi. That grabs attention, attention that is only given more backing when early word of mouth is more than positive. The first set of press screenings are now happening for the sci-fi adventure, which reveal that Valerian may hold a lot more than what the trailers are giving off. And because it’s very reliable professionals, I’ve now gone from “oh yeah, I’ll go see that” to a “yeah, I’m looking forward to it for sure.”
Check out the first round of reactions below the new set of images and posters. Also, don’t forget to let me know your thoughts. How do you like the new images and posters? Have you been looking forward to this one from the beginning? If not, do these early reactions help? What gets you most excited about it? Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21st, 2017 and stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, and John Goodman.