One other thing I saw during my Thanksgiving convalescence was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
It is the latest Sci-Fi movie by Luc Besson. Besson is best known for The Fifth Element, which is one of the most perfect Sci-Fi movies every made. The plot is good, the effects are great, and it has the perfect blend of action, comedy, camp, and enjoyability with none of the technology being a deus ex machina.
He also did Leon: The Professional, which is also a damn good movie.
Valerian was enjoyable. Not quite as good as The Fifth Element, and is based on a French comic book. The plot is decent, the acting by the main characters is meh, but Besson reminds you that he has the best, most creative costume, makeup, and effects people in the industry. The movie is visually stunning.
The opening really well done.
Later in the movie, we are introduced to an alien played by Rihanna. I can’t say I am a fan of her music, but she is a talented dancer. Besson does a great job of showcasing a performer’s talent, not unlike the diva scene in The Fifth Element.
I know I have been told that I have terrible tastes in movies (I hated The Godfather trilogy and I don’t get why Casablanca is such a big deal), but if you have 2 hours and $6 to kill, this is a movie worth watching.