Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is his most ambitious project to date, and since the filmmaker admits that it cost almost $200 million, there is a lot riding on this movie. The good news is the picture, a beautiful blend of visual spectacle and story, is a must see in 3D. Amidst all the immersive special effects and production design lies the top notch work delivered by Cara Delevigne who plays the confident and responsible heroine Laureline. Valerian (DeHaan) is an entirely different beast, as he has a bit of a devil may care attitude while also a wonderful working partner to Laureline (Valerian is also madly in love with her).

“I really wanted to have this tiny story of this real couple in this totally amazing story in space,” said Besson. “It’s very real in (a world) that is not. I want the salt and sugar in the same story”

While a prospective romance is a huge element of the film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is also a feast for the eyes. Click on the media bar to hear Besson talk about how Avatar influenced his film:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens nationwide July 21.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi