‘Valerian’ Offers Up New Clips As Early Screening Reactions Arrive

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is a gamble for director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional). Will the most expensive independent film ever made, based on an influential comic that’s unfamiliar to many Americans, draw a big enough crowd to justify the $200 million budget? Early screening reactions suggest the film needs to be seen on a big screen, an opinion which makes sense when you consider Valerian has 2,734 special effects shots compared to The Fifth Element‘s 188.

Not surprisingly, considering the clips below, some thought Cara Delevingne stole the show:

It wasn’t all positive, though, with some critics calling the dialogue and romance “hella clunky” and others saying the movie “runs out of steam eventually.

To give a sense of what those critics saw, EuroCorp has released five clips from the film, including the escape scene above and these two clips which introduce some of the world-building on display:

And to give a sense of how Cara Delevingne may have stolen the show, here are a couple clips of her reacting to criticism of her piloting and of her interacting with three characters collectively known by one name, Doghan Daguis, who distribute their knowledge base in partial segments among themselves, which seems like quite a potential weakness when Laureline (Cara Delevingne) threatens to shoot one of them.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets opens July 21st.

(Via STX Entertainment, Coming Soon, /film, and SyFy)