Besson has always had a thing for strong heroines, and while Delevingne isn’t the focus here, it’s easy to dream that she could have been. The movie offers us a world full of spectral, digital curiosities; who cares whether the dweeb gets the girl? Well, Besson does — making Valerian a little boring, at the end of the day, though not unenjoyable. It’s too much of a feast for the senses to be a bad movie, but it has too little A-game Besson to be a good one.
K. Austin Collins
July 20, 2017