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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Conrad Pope
Jean-Pascal Beintus
Sylvain Morizet
Nicolas Charron

Co-Produced by:
Dominique Lemonnier
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Europacorp Distribution
(July 21st, 2017)
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International 2-CD set with varying track arrangements depending upon the country of distribution. Available in America for regular retail prices.
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Buy it... if you faithfully admire Alexandre Desplat's unparalleled execution of orchestral textures, his composition's complexity demanding countless repeated listens to fully appreciate.

Avoid it... if you expect Desplat's wondrous music to actually service the film with what it needed most, for the score's themes are inept at creating any lasting identity for mainstream audiences.
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WRITTEN 12/23/17
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: (Alexandre Desplat) Much admiration is deserved by French writer, director, and producer Luc Besson for his valiant attempt to buck the conventions of film financing and distribution. Inspired by his success with 1997's cult science fiction comedy The Fifth Element, Besson tackled an adaptation of his other life obsession: the popular "Valerian and Laureline" French comic series running from 1967 to 2010. Besson's imaginative knack for visual and aural creativity caused him to reconceive his long-developed live-action version of the concept in the 2010's to account for advancements in effects technologies for the screen. The resulting 2017 movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is as ambitiously immersive in its experience as The Fifth Element was for its loyal fans, but the later film unfortunately did not enjoy the same fiscal success. Besson used a combination of personal and independent financing to not only make Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets the most expensive movie in France's history (by far), but the most ambitious indie project of all time. The complicated distribution system, absent one major studio sponsor, only became more problematic once it became clear that the film could lose hundreds of millions of dollars. Audiences simply didn't connect to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a fault initially blamed on poor release timing amongst tough competition. But the film also had a convoluted and fragmented plot and lacked an emotional connection with viewers, a point of contention perhaps owing, to some degree, to the vast disparity in music heard throughout the picture. Besson utilized several source songs, both from vintage rock and newly recorded modern pop to be sprinkled throughout the story. These applications are sometimes clever and satisfactory, most notably David Bowie's classic "Space Oddity" over the opening sequence depicting the origins of the space station at heart of the story. Probably inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy, the mixture of songs is marginally explained by some connections to humanity's pop culture past in the script. That story involves so many cultures to be dealt with by the primary duo of young space cops, Valerian and Laureline, as they chase down a conspiracy that threatens the station, that the film's score by Alexandre Desplat is required to serve as vital connective tissue for a wide variety of concepts.

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Average: 3.56 Stars
***** 40 5 Stars
**** 38 4 Stars
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Too familiar fragment [EDITED]
Darth Wanker - December 27, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
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Total Time: 100:21
CD1: (70:25)
• 1. Pearls on Mul (7:36)
• 2. Reading the Memo (1:23)
• 3. Big Market (2:05)
• 4. Flight Above the Big Market (2:44)
• 5. Showtime (2:38)
• 6. Valerian in Trouble (1:38)
• 7. Bus Attack (3:08)
• 8. Arriving on Alpha (2:06)
• 9. Pearls Attack (4:05)
• 10. Valerian's Armor (2:09)
• 11. Spaceship Chase (3:33)
• 12. Submarine (3:00)
• 13. Medusa (1:59)
• 14. Shoot (1:35)
• 15. Fishing for Butterflies (1:58)
• 16. Le Souper du Roi (1:59)
• 17. Boulanbator Combat (3:02)
• 18. Bubble (2:32)
• 19. Pearl's World (6:24)
• 20. The City of 1000 Planets (3:50)
• 21. I Am a Soldier (2:04)
• 22. Pearls Power (1:49)
• 23. Final Combat (7:06)

CD2: (29:46)
• 1. Space Oddity - performed by David Bowie (5:18)
• 2. I Feel Everything - performed by Cara Delevingne (3:02)
• 3. Jamming - performed by Bob Marley and The Wailers (3:19)
• 4. We Trying to Stay Alive - performed by Wyclef Jean and The Refugee Allstars (3:13)
• 5. A Million on My Soul (Radio Edit) - performed by performed by Alexiane (2:59)
• 6. Rappcats (Instrumental Version) - performed by Quasimoto (2:02)
• 7. Bubble Dance - performed by Julien Rey and Clemence Gabrielidis (2:25)
• 8. The World is Going Up in Flames - performed by Charles Bradley (3:22)
• 9. A Million On My Soul (Original Version) - performed by Alexiane (4:07)
(International versions of the album spread the score tracks over the two CDs, mingling them with the songs, but the primary release available in America segregates the score and songs on their own CDs in the set.)

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Despite attractive packaging, the insert includes no extra information about the score or film.
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The title of this film is sexist; Laureline deserves better.
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