Talking Prometheus

Prometheus is easily one of the most talked about movies of the year or at least the most talked about one that doesn’t feature a superhero.  This weekend the movie finally gets released to the world.  So, does it live up to the hype?

The short answer is yes.

It’s difficult to talk about this movie, because this is a movie you don’t want to spoil.  It’s not that the movie has a “OMG! Bruce Willis was dead all along” moment.  However, it’s such a great suspenseful movie with a great original take on the genre that you don’t want to spoil it for people.  With that being said, I will do my best to not spoil the movie in this review.

Right from the very beginning, you notice this is an absolutely beautiful movie.  It’s a visually stunning movie from the first frame.  This is a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen.

This movie does not feel like your typical summer blockbuster.  Ridley Scott builds the world one shot at a time, long shots, establishing settings and showcasing the vastness of the worlds.  This movie feels like it is from another time, in the best possible way.  With the exception of a small amount of CGI based f/x shots, this movie could have been at the same time as the original Alien.

Of course you can’t talk about this movie without talking about the purple xenomorph in the room.  There has been discussion for months about whether or not this movie is a prequel to Alien.  This movie is a prequel to Alien… and it is not.  This is in the same universe as the Alien movies, it does take place prior to the first Alien movie, and it does help setup some of the pieces we see in Alien.  However, this movie does a very good job of setting up it’s own story and it’s own path.  Prometheus 2, is not Alien.

In the beginning, this film feels like it’s going to be hitting a lot of the same story beats as Alien.  It starts that way, but just when you feel like you know where the story is going, it begins to shift in a whole new direction.

The characters and the overall story are very archetypal, and that archetype was formed by Alien.  So, it makes sense for much of this movie to feel familiar.  However there are enough new wrinkles and twists in the story that this is not merely a retread of the original movie.

Not only is this a beautiful movie to look at, but it is also well acted and extremely well cast.  The cast may have one exception, that could have been cast better, however it’s a small role and it’s hardly a bad choice, merely a good performer buried under too much makeup. There aren’t enough good things that can be said about Michael Fassbender and his performance.  He is, by far, the stand out person in the cast, and it’s a very good cast.  So that says a lot about him.

Anyone that has seen the Alien movies will think they know where Michael Fassbender’s David is coming from.  But like most things in this film, it starts right where you would expect it too, travels part of the way down that path and then veers off to blaze it’s own, moving away from the expected.

All in all this is an extremely well made, well thought out movie.  Another in a trend of summer blockbusters that are more than just mere escapist fantastical movies to sell toys and popcorn.

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