Alien: Covenant showcases the Alien franchise in it's most brutal and nihilistic form yet. It asks some interesting questions about creation and existentialism and answers *some* questions about Promethus. But mostly, it's just an exercise in sheer nihilism where Ridley Scott makes sure he throws everything at the screen from face-huggers to xenomorphs so that anyone missing the classic alien-on-human action gets their money's worth.
Meticulously crafted and features some of the most disciplined filmmaking I've seen from Fincher or any filmmaker in general. A film that almost obsesses over the details to deliver 162 endlessly fascinating minutes of cinema and grips you constantly whether it be through the suspense filled conversations or the nerve wrecking scenes where a character is simply reading a case file. Even the scenes that go nowhere end up engaging you and ultimately somehow fitting into the broader narrative. And…
Only Jim Jarmusch could make a film where so little happens yet as the viewer you are never bored and content with simply letting it pass by.
It's a film of minor pleasures that feels abundantly full. It's also tender, moving and lyrical with a zen-like universality to it and makes you reflect on and appreciate the little things in life. And the fact that it feels so authentic, laid-back and relaxed only adds to the serene pleasure of watching it.
I never wanted it to end.