Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG)
Starring Dane Dehaan, Cara Delevingne
Directed by Luc Besson
The real stars of Luc Besson’s enjoyable (and very expensive) sci-fi romp aren’t Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne but the hundreds of artisans responsible for bringing the menagerie of alien species (including Rihanna’s Bubbles, a shape-shifting cabaret dancer) and vistas (a bustling intra-dimensional bazaar should be made into a 4D theme park ride) to life.
More outlandish than Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy combined, the flora and fauna overshadow the story where DeHaan and Delevingne’ s flirty and laid-back space cops — behaving more like teens (what’s this, 2121 Jump Street?) — uncover a conspiracy threatening the titular deep space hub. (***1/2)