Does ‘Valerian’ Deserve a Second Act?

Simple answer to the question posed by the title of my latest piece at The Hollywood Reporter: Yes. Yes it does. Luc Besson’s latest and underloved summer CGI extravaganza, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has its flaws, most of them being tied to Dane DeHaan’s ill fit as the cocky action hero type, but this is a movie that deserved better than it got at the box office and among critics. So, as it just hit Blu-ray, I decided to champion its wacky, color-saturated pleasures, because hey, somebody has to, right?


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