Just watched Prometheus, and I have to say, I was disappointed. It started off strong, but I’m afraid the ending was weak in terms of resolution and, more to the point, ugly, unpleasant, and mean-spirited. I didn’t hate it. It wasn’t horrible. Even the parts I disliked had amazing visuals. But compared to the first two Alien movies, it was both overwrought and underwhelming. I also didn’t care about any of the characters, except for maybe the captain. Elizabeth Shaw is no Ellen Ripley. Speaking of Alien, a lot of scenes from Prometheus felt lifted directly from its predecessor. The amoral robot getting his head ripped off, the “egg” chamber, etc. I imagine it was to create a sense of continuity, but all it did was remind me of a better movie I could have been watching. On the other side of the coin, I was disappointed by some things that were different from Alien. Specifically, the fact that the look and behavior of the “living weapons” was very different from the Xenomorph from Alien. Of course, it’s plausible that the Engineers / Space Jockeys had more than one variety of living weapons, but from a narrative viewpoint it’s just conspicuous and annoying. I was also disappointed to learn that the Space Jockeys aren’t actually elephant men, just big, bald, gray humans who wear helmets with trunks. I also hated the “alien C-section” scene. The “magical pregnancy” trope is something I hate whenever it pops up in fiction, and seeing it here was just viscerally disgusting, and not in an entertaining way, but a mean-spirited way. So yeah. That’s what I thought of Prometheus. I didn’t despise it, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price to see it in theaters.
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