The first trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets introduced us to what looks to be his big-budget French science fiction fever dream. Well, we now have a second trailer, and it doubles down on the wacky insanity.
Let’s check it out:
I am so into this, it’s not even funny. I had to rewatch the trailer a few times because it’s so…big. Seriously, this trailer is overwhelming with its copious amounts of wacky creatures, dense alien worlds, all-encompassing color palette, and seemingly infinite amount of visual effects, all backed by a boisterous synth score. That’s a lot. And I love every bit of it.
I have no idea how Luc Besson managed to obtain the obscene budget for necessary for this movie, but I’m so glad he did. This looks like it could turn out to be either a bigger Fifth Element or a more competent Jupiter Ascending. Either would be great, honestly.
My biggest concern with the film lied with Cara Delevingne’s performance, but based on this trailer alone, that fear may be unfounded. She and Dane DeHaan at least look like they have a fun chemistry together. I’m getting a sort of swashbuckling Han and Leia vibe from the pair. Hopefully, that’ll extend to the final product.
The unashamedly pulpy nature of this film looks so enjoyable. I mean, with a title like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we’re obviously going to get something pretty bonkers. But the good kind of bonkers.
Here’s a synopsis:
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline– visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters July 21st. You into this weirdness?