French director Luc Besson $180 million space fantasy comics “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” starring Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, and Rihanna opened this weekend to mixed reviews.
Following “Nikita”, “Leon”, “The Fifth Element”, “Lucy” and other hits, Luc Besson returns this summer with a new film, which also promises to be a boxing action fantasy. Besson’s adaptation of the French popular comics from the 1960s, created by Pierre Christine and Jean-Claude Miser. It takes place in the 28th century, and follows the mission of two special agents, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha–an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Here are what the critics are saying:
Deadline: Delevingne doesn’t fare a whole lot better and seems to be trying too hard. Chemistry between them is zero…
Variety: As played by British fashion model Cara Delevingne (downright wooden in last summer’s “Suicide Squad,” but a revelation here: sassy, sarcastic and spontaneous), Laureline holds true to one of Besson’s core beliefs — that nothing’s sexier than an assertive, empowered leading lady.
The Hollywood Reporter: Cara Delevingne needs to learn there is more to acting than smirking and eye-rolling.
A.V. Club: ...model-turned-sort-of-actor Cara Delevingne…
Seattle Times: She’s so inexpressive you get the sense she’s rummaging around in her mind trying to figure out how to play a scene, and coming up empty.”