Va­le­rian is one wild ride

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tone for a film that re­fuses to ever rest, ex­plain it­self or play by the rules.

If you like your sci-fi at the Dou­glas Adams, Doc­tor Who and Terry Pratch­ett end of the scale, then you might like this much as I did.

The plot, what there is of it, mostly re­volves around a con­spir­acy to cover up the de­struc­tion of the home world of the peo­ple of Mul. All of whom look – in a nice way – like the prog­eny of Kate Moss and a Klin­gon.

The planet of hair­less and mostly naked vaguely rep­tiloid su­per­mod­els got caught in the cross­fire of some great in­ter­stel­lar bust-up years be­fore. And it’s pretty ob­vi­ous that Clive Owen – an ac­tor who al­most al­ways looks slightly mis­cast, here play­ing the req­ui­site Brit bad­die – is in it up to his vaguely Nazi-es­que, but lime-green, breeches.

In truth, the plot is just an ex­cuse to fling DeHaan, Cara Delev­ingne – as Lau­re­line – and sundry oth­ers into a suc­ces­sion of set-pieces that can only es­ca­late in their lu­di­crous­ness.

The Ri­hanna-as-shape-shift­ing­bur­lesque-dancer scene that is all over the trail­ers ex­ists for no rea­son other than that it can. But as a feat of de­sign and film-mak­ing it’s go­ing to be ripped-off and im­i­tated for years.

By bom­bard­ing us with spec­ta­cle in ev­ery frame, Bes­son keeps us watch­ing, but never ac­tu­ally ab­sorbed. But, for all that, as

kept me grin­ning pretty much from begin­ning to end. –

As a feat of de­sign – glar­ing, ab­surd, joy­ous and in­sane de­sign – Va­le­rian won’t eas­ily be top­pled.

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