It's a live action French bande-dessinnée shot in English. The books are from the 60s, so expect something different. It's a work of love and dedication by Besson based on books from his youth. It's beautiful and spectacular., the only weak link is the Ethan Hawks/Rhianna arc, wrong casting for either. The rest is fun action. Both leads are great, I don't get all the hate for Valerian. Sometimes, critics get it wrong, they did with this film.