The Case for Prometheus
After Receiving Less than Stellar Reviews, Max Phineas Breaks his Silence
Francoise: Seen what?
Geronimo: Yeah was it a piece of shit?
Max: Language, Geronimo! And no Francois, it wasn’t. As a matter of fact, it was an absolutely fantastic film.
Francois: Well that’s good to hear. Tell us about it then, Young Master.
Max: Well I don’t wanna drag out the whole shpiel about the story since that’s already been covered, so I’ll just plow on straight to my review. Unlike Reginald and the lovely Miss Priscilla, I found the characters of the film interesting and fun to watch. Idris Elba (Thor, Luther, Takers) and Michael Fassbender (Shame, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method) do indeed steal the film with their creative performances as Janek, Captain of the Prometheus, and android David (respectively). While they provide great performances, that doesn’t mean that the other stars weren’t as great. I found Noomi Rapace’s (of original Dragon Tattoo film series fame and Sherlock Holmes: A Dangerous Game) performance as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw terrific and haunting at some points as her hopes and dreams are completely crushed – I truly felt for her character. Another knockout was CharlizeTheron (Snow White and the Huntsman, Monster, my personal fave, Young Adult), who was called a cold bitch by Miss Priscilla, but I found her to be an important and multi-level character, especially with Fassbender’s character and her (maybe) father, played by one of Alistair’s fave actors, Guy Pearce.
Geronimo: Man, tell us more!
Max: Sure! So a complaint I noticed was the lack of horror when compared to the movie it’s “prequeling”(?), Alien. I was born after the movie came out and when I saw it, I thought it was great but I don’t see why everybody’s so butt hurt about it not being similar. It seems to me Scott wasn’t trying to recapture the feeling of Alien but was trying something completely different, and I thought it worked. I loved the feeling of wonder and magic that sci-fi is supposed to bring. All of the new technology and the characters discovering what was happening on the planet was a fun experience and when it needed to be terrifying, it was (at least for me). I loved the scene with the black liquid and all of the creatures – and the surgery scene was totally gruesome.
I also never found the Christian or creationist overtones over-bearing but spread out evenly enough to pique my interest without shoving it down my throat. If there were any faults that I found, it was some character motivations (particularly involving David and alcohol) and if Scott was trying to bridge the movies together, I wish that he made even more references instead of just one at the end (there were plenty of times I wanted something to happen so that I could be like “Oh hey so that’s how that happened in Alien).
Full of jaw-dropping visuals, perplexing characters, and an overarching message about creationism and Catholicism, I think director Ridley Scott has delivered one of the greatest sci-fi epics in the past decade.