You know what they say. In space no-one can hear you… shrug your shoulders?
I’m disappointed that I have to report to you that I was disappointed in Prometheus. I really am.
Was that my own fault? Was I too excited? I get punished for being excited, and instead it wasn’t a film that has clear links to the Alien franchise, because it wants to tell its own story. And just pay homage to the originals.
It has so much promise, and offered so much. With Fassbender (I may refer to him as FassBot in this post, as he is not a human character) and Charlize Theron, Idris Elba and oh, the original Lisbeth Salander from Girl with a Dragon Tattoo (Noomi Rapace). And co-written by Damon Lindelof who also played a part in the Lost series. SO much potential and talent there.
Thing is, I don’t think I’ll be alone in feeling disappointed, especially with all the nerd boys and girls going at midnight, their expectations will be higher! Okay, calm down Kimberley. Just explain.
Without any direct film spoilers for why I think this let me down; there is no real sense of foreboding dread. There are a couple of moments of suspense, and I may have hid behind my winter scarf for a few moments, but I’m sure I do that in a regular episode of the Only Way is Essex. Seriously though, if you want me to compare and contrast; it doesn’t have the suspenseful darkened silence of Alien. It doesn’t have the fun action-scifi of Aliens, ie there is no real Bill Paxton character, though if there was a bit more of character development, the Captain of Prometheus (Idris Elba) might have been it.
Noomi Rapace as the strong female character in Dr Elizabeth Shaw, the girl who believed, and led the quest was miscast. In my opinion. She’s a petite little thing, and intelligent but I did not believe at all that she’d survive any of what happens in Prometheus. There wasn’t really a chance to like her much. There is no backstory as to what leads her to this point. With most of the characters, barring the cold pleasantness of Fassbender as a robot, even he showed more warmth and depth than the human counterparts.
The 3D aspect is lush and gorgeous in the first half an hour, and then it becomes an afterthought and I don’t even realize I’m watching a 3D film. Really, I don’t. So that’s good or bad. But come on. I’d want some stomach explosion or face hugging 3D action, wouldn’t you?
I slept on it, and I thought about it, and I just wanted this movie to be more than it was. It wanted to be so thoughtful and all about the quest for the origins of the human race, which only leads to them to the Alien ship. Doom ensues. I just found that it wanted to be less fun, delve more into the sci-fi hard core, which made it less enjoyable. For this Alien nerdgirl.