Film of the Week: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

This year's Jupiter Ascending

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There’s not much point summing up the plot of this film – something about two secret agents trying to save a deep-space city from destruction in the 26th century. This is a light show. It’s been getting cruel reviews, as if director Luc Besson (LeonThe Fifth Element) was interested in anything other than spectacle – and what spectacle. From Rihanna as a shape-shifting singer to any one of the hundreds of creatures sometimes only glimpsed, this masterpiece of design is so extravagantly eccentric and riddled with insane decisions, it has to be seen to be believed. If this all sounds like a way of saying Valérian is this year’s Jupiter Ascending, that’s because it is. See it now, before the bad movie podcasts get their hands on it. Times & trailer

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