Last weekend a movie called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” was released in theaters world wide. The French science fiction action adventure film has received mixed reviews upon it’s release. I’ll admit I saw it myself and it’s not the best movie I have ever seen. The movie suffers from poor writing and a lackluster plot, but isn’t a complete dud as the visuals and action I actually enjoyed. Now you might be wondering why I am suggesting you go and pay money to see a less then stellar movie. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is the most expensive independent movie of all time.
With a budget almost reaching 209 million dollars, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, is a movie with the highest budget that was not produced by one of the big six production companies. Warner Bros, 20th century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Universal, Sony, and Walt Disney, account for 85% of the North American box office sales. Hollywood has been long ran by the studio system. This presents a problem because even though these are six separate companies they are all ran pretty much the same. They suffer from problems like not taking risks on new big name projects as they are afraid in a large box office loss. I understand that having a built in fan base makes these movies a safer option but still doesn’t insure a box office success. Sequels like “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Allegiant”, “Bad Santa 2”, and “Ghostbusters” all reported box office losses in 2016. The Big Six production companies don’t believe audience want to go see new original pictures, and it shows as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” only made 27 million worldwide. This isn’t going to encourage the Big Six to take chances on unknown properties, and is also make it harder for independent companies to get a high budget for their properties. As people start to grow tired of the unnecessary sequels and unwanted cinematic universes, they will be a need for original big budget movies. The answer of who will supply these big budget independent films is companies like the one that produced”Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”, but they won’t take a chance like that again if it loses millions and millions of dollars. If your a fan of movies or are tired of the current trend in motion pictures please go out and see “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”. You might feel like it’s not worth the price of admission at the time, but I promise your money will go a long way in the future of big budget independent movies.