Monday, 4 June 2012
Prometheus Review June 2012
So I finally saw Prometheus yesterday afternoon!
First I want to get this out of the way - why are we now being shown entire scenes from movies aswell as the trailers while at the cinema? It totally spoils the film for some people. Before the movie started, not only did we have to sit through about 10 commercials, and the trailers (I actually enjoy the trailers), but we had to watch 2 spiderman trailers and a whole scene from spiderman. I understand some people like watching that much before they see a movie, and thats's fine, you can watch them online at home. But at the cinema I am pretty sure the majority of people would not enjoy sitting through that much footage of a film.
Anyway, onto the movie. I cannot see why it has had so much negative critisism. The film is brilliant, it is not perfect - but is 4/5 star film - it is certainly one of the best that has been released this year and I absolutly loved it from the begining to end.
The sets, visuals etc are absolutly fantastic, even down to the costume design with the spacesuit designs, they are brilliant and totally original without seeming over the top or over stylised.
When it comes to the acting, all the actors were great, but stand outs would be Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron. Fassbender is just awesome, no matter what film he is in, he is just always totally immersed in his charactor but always in a realistic and natural way. His charactor is David, an android and he plays him as Davids favourite actor, Peter O'Toole. As everyone on board sleeps David spends his time on the ship walking around, playing basketball and watching Laurence of Arabia over and over (who knows how many times he has seen it, possibly hundreds). So its almost as if Fassbender is playing a charactor, playing a charactor.
He steals the show here, but Theron is also brilliant as the cold representative from Weyland Corp. She plays a great villain, but you can also get an understanding from her, for why she is, the way she is and at some points she has to do what she needs to.
The others were good too, I liked Noomi Rapace as the lead, shes a softer version of Ripley I would say. She is tough but only when she needs to be, she doesnt have an icy exterior at all times, she is almost child like in the way she is naive about other people and their motives and with her expectations but then as she realises that not all is what she expects she shows her tough side too!
Overall the story is great, if you know your history you will notice they have taken myths of what some people believe about the old civilisations and 'ancient aliens' and used that here to tell this story but in a really clever and intellegent way, they don't make the possibility of this belief some people have, laughable or silly. It really makes you think about, where we have come from and what really is out there. Whether that be good or bad, we will always wonder why we are here, what makes us so special that we can build technology, make films and music, write books, create space stations and if it is purely coincedence or were we 'engineered'?
The space jockeys (the engineers) are also very well done, I thought they were quite scary and there is a few scenes where you see them running and they reminded me of the way the predator moves, which is strange as we all know the terrible movies that were released 10 years ago were Alien vs Predator. Anyway, they really do try to explain the space jockey story here, but you can see there is room to tell more of their story in possible future films, but what they have done is show us how their story connects to the original Alien film and I personally found it a satisfying explanation. I know alot of people are still wondering if this is a prequel or not. I really think its pretty obvious that it IS a prequel.
I would definatley recommend going to see Prometheus, I avoided reading other reviews before going so I had a fresh point of view and so I would say other than the fact you have probably just read my review this is what you should do too. I havent put any spoilers in here (I could say much more), because I hate it when people do that so I hope you enjoy it too.
Have you seen it already? What do you think?
Thanks for reading