At Last, a New Movie That’s as Beautiful and Insane as The Fifth Element

Annalee Newitz – Ars Technica:

Thanks to the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, blockbuster sci-fi adventures can be trippy again. Bulbous monsters, sparkly outfits, zero-G hairstyles, starscapes that look like 1970s prog rock album covers—it’s all cool now. And that means, strangely, that the world is finally ready for a movie based on the 1960s comic book that started the psychedelic sci-fi craze in the first place.

That’s what you’ll see in this first full-length trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the tale of Valerian and Laureline, two spacio-temporal agents hired to guard the universe’s only intergalactic library in the insanely colorful cosmopolis Alpha. The film is directed by The Fifth Element mastermind Luc Besson, whose most recent movie was the transhumanist hit Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. As for Valerian’s plot, there’s some kind of vague menace threatening not just the future of knowledge, but all of space-time.

The Fifth Element is one of our favorite sci-fi films, and Guardians of the Galaxy has become a go-to comfort film in our home, as well. Although it hews to the simplistic end of the scale, Besson’s Lucy bears ideas that make it a worthy sci-fi story, too.

All of which has me looking forward to this summer’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. In the mean time, there’s apparently a forty-year comic saga in Valerian and Lauraline that I had no idea existed. I’ll bet I can find the TPBs on Amazon/Comixcology …

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