Luc Besson’s space adventure The Fifth Element (1997) still holds up as one the most entertaining movies coming out from 90’s. Naturally the fans were excited when the director chose to revisit space with his 2017 film Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets. The movie flopped at the box office and was forgotten relatively fast. Oddly we found this topic enough interesting that we had some thoughts of our own to put up on the table.

We compare both movies and examine what are the failures of Valerian while also diving into the origins of the comic. While my mother gives interesting recommendation of other movies I try desperately to receive some value from watching Valerian.


  • [01:00] – Franco-Belgian comics
  • [09:00] – Fifth Element
  • [14:00] – The protagonists in Valerian
  • [24:00] – Luc Besson’s career
  • [33:00] – Back to Valerian
  • [39:00] – Aliens and making society more tolerant
  • [48:00] – Some positive thoughts

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