I wrote a second long review just about theories in the film and regretted a little that I didn't wait for the film to sink in more before doing it... especially since I have a tendency to simply wander off in any direction with no real structure... kinda like I'm doing now lol
I still love this movie.
Mr. DuLac rewatched
Big things have small beginnings.
Watching it for the first time on Blu-ray just reaffirms my thoughts and hate for RealD 3D in the theaters. The film is god damn gorgeous to look at and there's several details that I didn't notice in theaters with those god damn 3D piece of crap glasses on. I've already written more then any sane person should write about the film itself so I'll refrain from starting on that again. I'm obviously in the "loved it" camp.
My god, I hope the Blade Runner sequel is nothing along these lines at all. Even though the original had a few ambiguous elements to it, it was nothing on this scale and really shouldn't be. I'm in complete agreement there, if it's announced that Damon Lindelof is involved in writing the script then my optimism will turn into worry.
I meant a science fiction film about aliens starting life on earth, why wouldn't you link it to religion... and yes like chariots of the gods. Evolution is actually a huge part of the story, the character that makes that comment does so for a reason in the script and not just to point out that they are ignoring it.
Christianity is hardly the only religion this film is linked too, and if you're going to make a film about how life started on Earth how could you not link it to religion? Linking it to multiple religions is actually a fairly intelligent thing to do. Why not link it…
"Maybe we should have listened to T.E. Lawrence early on about not minding so much." Nice lol
I actually saw it a second time tonight because of a friend that hadn't seen it yet. Looks like this film has struck a cord with me for some reasons while some don't even like it.
@Rahat: Interestingly I'm not sure how to answer that, since from what I've seen is that some people seem to hate this film by comparing it to Alien and Aliens.
What's in the story that got me is that as the viewer we can piece together a bigger story then…
I went into it completely expecting that we wouldn't even see anything close to the Alien in it and basically be all about the Space Jockey. Whether or not that's true I won't say for sake of spoilers. I do think this film seems to be polarizing, no one seems…
Wow! Can't we just all get a long? My point is actually expressed by James... the reason this shouldn't be compared to Alien, is because the film is not about the alien. If you didn't like the film though, I'm not going to argue that... but what I will argue…
Mr. DuLac watched
My God, we were so wrong...
I think that quote pretty much sums up everyone's expectations of this film whether or not they liked it. I made the mistake of checking out the ratings and spoiler free reviews of the various people I follow on Letterboxd before seeing this at the midnight showing last night. Coming out of the theater I was thinking to myself "Was I supposed to like this movie this much?" then I came to the conclusion why not?
I'm not one of those people who will say this movie is a masterpiece and if you don't think so that means you didn't get it. That's insulting and I still have respect for the people I follow on here and their opinions on films. This won't be the first film we don't agree on and I'm sure it won't be the last.
The film: I think whether you liked it or not, comparing it to Alien is a huge misstep. They are completely different beasts. Ridley Scott has continuously said in interviews that this film is not a prequel to Alien but contains"strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak". That statement isn't an exaggeration by any means. What you see in Alien is basically a very small part of a bigger story taken out of context.
The story itself is epic and asks age old questions and only offers hints for the answers. Personally that's how I like it. Having it all answered somehow would seem to cheat the film. I find it much more interesting to have these character deal with something they don't understand, although I have the feeling that one character in particular understands far more then he's willing to admit to anyone.
The character of the android David played by Michael Fassbender is, to me, one of the most memorable characters I've seen in a science fiction film in decades. I know that's laying it on a little thick, but at this moment that's how I feel. From the moment you first see him on the Prometheus I was hooked, and his character only gets more and more interesting each time he's on screen. His motivations are anything but straightforward or simple.
Noomi Rapace gives a great performance as Elizabeth Shaw. I think it's a performance that will be seen differently by different people. There's a few instances where I wondered if she's trying to prove the existence God, or if she's trying to disprove it. Some people will see it as clearly spelled out one way, while others might think it's left a bit ambiguous.
I've already written more about two characters then I was planning on writing about the entire cast. There's a couple of more good performances here, while the rest of the cast is left to be background players. The thing is unlike Alien the story being told here isn't about the survival of the crew against a menace. The story is quite more ambitious then that.
The main story is what made me fall in love with the film. It's ambitious and ambiguous at the same time. Which is a problem for some and causes others who liked the film to act pretentious about it. When you get right down to it, this film is about people dealing with something that is beyond their comprehension. While they do speculate about a few things, no clear answers are given.
Wrote WAY more then I as planning too... but I have to mention before signing off that the visuals are simply amazing. There's a few things that I would comment on the "look of" but I don't want to spoil anything. There is nothing here I didn't love as far as visuals go.
Since I obviously loved this film up the wazoo, why am I not rating this as a masterpiece? Well the dialogue isn't exactly inspired in some instances. For the most part I had no problems with it going through the movie, but there is one scene that I found it cringe inducing. That is one line of dialogue though that bothered me in a 2 hour film.
Yeah, so there ya go. I loved this movie. It seems that it's polarizing though looking around at other reviews. The best thing I can say for you to enjoy this film is go into it expecting it to have very little to do with Alien and to have big ideas and questions thrown at you with no answers offered. With that said you might still not like it lol.