Saw it a couple weeks ago, disliked it greatly for several reasons. This is one of them:
the first Alien
was a movie heavy on themes (what with all the metaphors for sex, rape, maternity, cancer, primal fears and so on) but one could disregard these and enjoy the film simply as a great horror/sci-fi flick.
however bashes us on the head with heavy-handed themes such as belief, faith, the creation of life (Shaw's angst for being sterile for example), the existence of a god/gods, but utterly fails to deliver, and the film suffers for it. The scientists made what is probably the greatest scientific discovery ever but everyone acts as if it's a failure and/or nobody gives a shit. And what was the point of having the film set at Xmas, other that heavy-handed symbolism (and the fact that the ship has random things aboard such as a Xmas tree, a piano, an axe, a bike, but no weapons
)? And the fact that Vickers was Weyland's daughter
could be interesting, but as it's presented it comes rather out of left field and amounts to nothing.
As an added "bonus", we Italian viewers are familiar with a comedy show wherein two thirty-somethings play father and son. The one who plays the father has a weird make-up that unfortunately looks like the one they put on Guy Pearce's face◊
. So this stupid decision from the special FX department caused even more unintended hilarity here.