While critics dunked on Valerian's scattered plot and shallow storytelling and declared the film a general waste of time, we're here to offer a more positive view. Yeah, it's a little scattered. Sure, it's a bit shallow. By no means, however, is it a waste of time. This movie is a visual tour de force, an extraterrestrial sightseeing extravaganza that brims with enough imaginative sci-fi to make George Lucas blush.
With Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, director Luc Besson crafted one of the most sensorily captivating films of the decade. One second, a character is shooting projectiles at his feet to use as levitating platforms; the next, he's wearing gloves that allow his hands to access a different dimension. Crazy stuff like this is flung at you every other minute in Valerian, all drenched in an exuberant day-glo color palette. Really, there's nothing quite like this movie, and that alone makes it worth a watch. Beyond that, however, it also manages to tell a fun and simple story held together by solid (and criminally underrated) performances from Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and, in a surprising twist, Rihanna.