June 9th, 2012
I’m not going to write a full review here. Let me say, however, that my expectations were way too high. Not on the visuals, the acting, or that we’d have a few moments of awesome and sheer horror here and there…
But parts are dumb, jumbled, confusing, inexplicable, and forced. That’s tough beans when you’re shooting for something closer to addressing profound questions about the nature of mankind and its purpose, questions about the purpose of creation and the responsibilities of the creators and the created, serious emotional questions about what is the nature of relationships between parents and their children.
And after about a third of the way into the film you start having WTF? moments every other scene.
There’s some things to like, but not enough of them to give them a fair shake.
Maybe after I’ve had some reflection time I’m write a proper review, but in the meantime, here’s one from Locus (spoilers) I don’t disagree with too much. The thing, I think, was fixable. Or maybe it started out fixed and the Hollywood process broke it. In any event, it’s not going to stand up to scrutiny as a great example of science fiction. More like Alien 3 or 4, or the first Aliens vs. Predator movies, perhaps shot with a bigger budget, unfortunately.
There’s already a “science of Prometheus” review I see, which I’ll go read now. I wish the problems were only limited to the science, but the more I think about it, the less satisfied I am on the level of common sense, story, and emotion.
(Edit: Having read the above “science of” article, I am reminded of things that bugged me that I decided to ignore at the time in the interest of giving the movie a chance, but about 1/3 of the way through stopped doing the heavy lifting to suspend my disbelief. Fixable stuff, mostly, but flawed as shown on screen. I actually think a post with some of the problems and how they could have been made to work would be instructive.)
Now I will be prepared to be underwhelmed by the Spider-Man reboot…
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