Saturday, June 9, 2012
A quick non-spoilery review of Prometheus.
There is a lot I want to write about Prometheus, but first I need to watch it again, and to revisit Alien as well. For now I just wanted to post a non-spoilery quote that made me sit up and pay even more attention to a movie I was already loving. Prometheus is amazing. It is ambitious and thoughtful and beautiful and horrific all at once. I wrote before about how Joss Whedon took the ideas of motherhood from Alien and Aliens and really went crazy with them. Ridley Scott has come back to the series, not to explore motherhood, but to move on to questions without answers. This is a horror-action movie about what life owes to its creators, and what those creators owe to their creations.
Michael Fassbender's android character David is fascinating (matched only by Charlize Theron's wonderfully restrained Vickers) and early on the in the movie he very politely (as always) and in an almost offhand way, says, "But doesn't everyone want to kill their parents?"
Prometheus is not a prequel to Alien. It takes place in the same universe, and answers some questions about Alien, but calling it a prequel sells it short. This isn't Star Wars: Episode 1. This is the Godfather II. Prometheus is equal to Scott's Alien, and while not without its flaws, it often reaches further and with more confidence.