So, I finally saw Prometheus this weekend. I’ve wanted to see it for a long time, but it hasn’t made it to NetFlix. Then I found it on VuDu and got the HDX version with my new fancy Internet connection. What with the broadbanding and the high-deffing and all.
If you’re not familiar with it, Prometheus is Ridley Scott’s return to the Sci-Fi genre after his amazing gift called Alien. This movie is supposedly something of a prequel, but he didn’t like that term during production and pre-release. In some ways, I understand why.
Alien is one of my all-time favorite movies. It established a standard for science-fiction/horror which I feel is unmatched visually and emotionally since. Nothing comes close to its claustrophobic and xenophobic horrors. Then along came James Cameron, who was given permission (somehow) to start mucking with the franchise’s canon and feel. It went downhill from there.
So, Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction, to rescue the franchise he established, was much anticipated.
In the end, the movie wasn’t very much like I imagined. At all. I suppose sometimes a movie leaves more questions than it answers in the minds of viewers, but honestly, there’s a point at which you defeat the purpose. I could write mysteries with no resolution too, but they won’t be very popular. Audiences like answers; at least some.
I’m not saying it wasn’t a good movie. It entertained me the whole time. But it also had its share of pointless scenes which could’ve been cut without hurting anything. And I’d have liked the universe to be more consistent with the one established in the original movie. The more they address this, the farther from canon they seem to get, and honestly, when that happens, I drop out. I’m not interested in that sort of wavering.
“Creative License” issues aside, the effects were top-rate, the acting was pretty decent, and the story was… interesting. I don’t buy the initial premise to start with, so I’m rolling my eyes from the outset. But, if you give it a little leeway…
I guess the question I always have seems to be, is it really that hard to keep to original canon? Really? All I’ve ever had to do is watch the original movies and maybe some of the bonus materials included on the DVDs, and I could probably do as good or better at keeping the worlds these people create intact and the rules of their universe in line.
On the other hand, this was a Ridley Scott movie, and if he wants to muck with his own story lines and universe/world-building, who am I to say he can’t? He’s rich and I’m not, and I guess he who has the gold makes the rules.
The movie does leave open the possibility of future sequels, but it did a really, really crappy job of tying back into the original franchise, in my estimation. And that’s too bad. It was a chance for Scott to really put something out there to close the circle. Instead, it felt like he wanted to take off in a new direction. It didn’t work. Not to me, at least.
But then, I’m only one viewer.