Holly On Hollywood – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Holly on Hollywood
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
by Holly McClure


“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is a sci-fi/action set in the 28th century.  The story opens on a beautiful distant planet with iridescent aliens that mine pearls from their ocean, then feed them to a rare, adorable creature, that reproduces anything it eats.  When a cataclysmic war in space destroys their planet, only a few manage to escape.  Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), are special operatives sent to find the rare creature but in the process, discover political corruption  covering up a secret. The final action takes place on Alpha, a massive floating city that began centuries earlier as the International Space Station but expanded over the years to serve as a home for all aliens. Now Alpha’s very existence is being threatened from within and Valerian and Laureline are the ones to uncover the betrayal and save the aliens and their rare creature, before it’s too late. Rhianna also stars.

The PG-13 is for mild language, fantasy violence, futuristic weapons fighting aliens and sci-fi battles, but no blood. Valerian and Laureline are in love…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

….but only talk about getting married, so no sexual situations. The film is inspired by a French comic book series which attracted Director Luc Besson. He’s created a breathtaking, visual extravaganza, that is colorful, dazzling, campy, fun, fast moving and full of unusual aliens and creative situations. I was mesmerized by Rhianna’s shape-shifting character who can transform into whatever she wants to look like.

The message about courage, teamwork and helping the less fortunate, make it kid friendly for mature, older kids who can sit through a 2 hr + movie. I was hoping this would be like “Guardians of The Galaxy”, but it doesn’t have the mature leads to add depth to the story. If you want to see an expensive ($200 million), visually impressive, entertaining popcorn movie that is mesmerizing to watch and has a happy ending, go see “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”!

~Holly On Hollywood~


Holly_McClureHolly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.

Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.

In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.

Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!
For more information visit Hollymcclure.com or IMDB.com

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