'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' is heavy on CGI, light on engagement

"Valerian" is one of the most visually ambitious efforts of the year, but the CGI showcase isn’t quite enough to boost a story that frequently looks and feels like James Cameron’s long-rumored “Avatar” sequel.

Joshua Terry is a freelance writer and photographer who also teaches English composition for Weber State University. You can also find him on YouTube.