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– by Michael Connally

Titan Books latest book The Art Of The Film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets gives a detailed description and a plethora of artwork that inspired director Luc Besson to create the visually stunning film.  While the movie was rooted from the classic graphic novel series, Luc Besson advanced the saga to have a more unique science fiction feel to it.  In doing so the creative team behind the movie had to alter some of the characters and settings for the movie.  This required extensive character and set design for the CGI team to transform into real life. The Art Of The Film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets doesn’t follow the traditional format of breaking up the book by settings, characters, and artifacts.  This publication follows the story line of the movie and guides you through the movie scene by scene.  With explanations from Luc Besson of his thought process throughout the film.  A majority of the book is filled with fabulous art work and also incorporates the panels from the graphic novel, showing the reader how the graphic novel was brought to life. Overall, if you are a fan of the graphic novel then you will enjoy this book.  The artwork is absolutely amazing with stunning visuals.  After watching the film it was easy to see the direct references Luc Besson used for this movie.  The Art Of The Film Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets provides an authentic look at the following:

Synopsis of Valerian Rooted in the classic graphic novel series are Valerian and Laureline — visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger. You can pick up your copy of Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets: The Art Of The Film from Titan Books.