Movie Review Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets. 



Producer: Luc Besson, Virginie Besson-Silla
Director: Luc Besson
Based on: Valérian and Laureline by
Pierre ChristinJean-Claude Mézières
Writer:  Luc Besson
Cast:  Dane DeHaan,Cara Delevingne,Clive Owen,Rihanna,Ethan Hawke,Herbie Hancock,Kris Wu

Don’t see this movie.  To say that I was disappointed would be too weak a word.  And let me state for the record that I have seen some horrible movies in my time.  Movies that even a guy and his three robots heckling at the screen couldn’t improve it.  But I had hope for this film mainly because it was so very pretty.  But what it had in effects was done away with by both the plot, what there was of it, and the lack of je ne sais quoi between the two main characters.  I didn’t care for any one in this film and was embarrassed by the presence of certain actors who I thought should have passed on this particular job.  

So don’t see this movie even if it is playing for free on a cable channel just pass it by.

I give this movie five black holes.  

Catechism 


What do we believe by true faith?

    Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

    Jude 1:3

    I…appeal…to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saint

    Movie Review:  The Martian 


     
    Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Aditya Sood, Mark Huffam
    Director: Ridley Scott
    Screen Writer: Drew Goddard
    Based on The Martian by Andy Weir
    Cast: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig Jeff Daniel’s, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Kate Mara Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor

    So a few months ago my son was reading The  Martian and could not put it down.  He told me that every page grabbed him and he couldn’t wait to read what happened next.  So when I had a chance I picked up the book and when I next looked up it was in the wee hours of the morning.  It was an amazing read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes hard science action packed science fiction. 

    Having said all that you know that my expectations for the movie were high.  If it couldn’t get close to what the book had for the story I was going to go spare. 

    Fortunately the movie didn’t disappoint.  If you don’t know the basic plot of The Martian is that on a mission to Mars after a base camp was set up a Martian dust storm forces the crew to abandon the planet leaving a crew member behind presumed dead.  But the crew member was alive and once back in the enclosed environment of the base camp has to figure out how to survive on the amount of food, oxygen, water he has left and somehow contact NASA.  It is how he figures out how to survive that makes this story so enjoyable. 

    Now first warning the F-Bomb gets dropped a lot in this movie.  Second warning some of what he does to survive isn’t pleasant to watch.  If you have young children be prepared to explain how plants get nourishment.  

    I give this movie three and a half stars.  Read the book (5 stars)