Besson`s newest creation - "Valerian And The City Of Thousands Planets" - is
now in the US cinema theaters (imdb). The movie creator took a big bet. "Valerian" is the most expensive independent film ever made. France`s Spielberg independently crowd-sourced and personally funded Valerian with a production budget between $177–209 million (wikipedia).
It seems that most of the money went into special effects. The movie is certainly a feast for the eyes. I didn´t care much about the plot (you can find a synopsis here wikipedia). "Valerian" is fantasy and not science fiction - there is not much science and logic in it. The movie - based on a French comic book series - is as much science fiction as "Alice in Wonderland". But I enjoyed the film anyway. "Valerian" looked fresh thanks to the amusing cockiness of Cara Delevingne & Dane DeHaan who`s funny adventures as special agents are the backbone of the movie. I also enjoyed Rihanna in the role of the shape shifting creature Bubble.
"Valerian" is state of the art and shows the evolution of computer generated action movie spectacles - and you could see influences of "Star Wars", "Avatar" & Besson’s own “The Fifth Element". His team created fascinating fairy tale landscapes & scenarios and I enjoyed the legion of hilarious computer generated aliens and other figures.
Unfortunately for Besson`s bet, it seems that "Valerian" flopped at the US box offices. The film doesn`t cater to the pseudo religious ambition of the Star Wars cult and the duo Delevingne & DeHaan does not deliver the bromance of the typical American action movie. But it is a lot of fun to watch the film anyway.