Sunday, January 13, 2013

#goodreads - Prometheus

I’m really late to the party with this one... A few months ago, Hitfix posted links to some early drafts of Prometheus. One from Jon Spaihts (back when it was called Alien Engineers) and a subsequent version from fanboy favorite Damon Lindelof. Haven’t read them yet, but hopefully the links aren’t dead. While many critics and fans felt the film was somewhere between big disappointment and awful, there were a scant few of us in the “liked it” camp.

Maybe it’s my geeky weakness for sci-fi stories about space exploration and beings from other worlds -- I dug John Carter as well -- that made me looked past the *many* nitpicky gaps in logic. Your favorite film has dumb character moments and convenient coincidences. They all do. When a story works for us emotionally, we overlook the flaws. I can’t even begin to explain why I liked Lockout. *hangs head in shame*

Honestly, who could resist a face like that?

As much as some people complained, things could have been worse. Ridley Scott said in an interview that at one point in the story, it would have been revealed that Jesus was an Engineer. His death is what caused them to turn on mankind -- even I would have bailed on that lame plot point.

Don't the Engineers look like Powder on steroids?

The influence of Erich von Däniken’s book, Chariots of the Gods?, is pretty hard to miss here. Technologically advanced race from another world, tinkers with the puny humans. Prometheus probably connects more with fans of Ancient Aliens than moviegoers looking for Round Two of Ripley vs. The Xenomorph Queen. There was a little too much teasing of it being (or not being) a direct prequel to Alien. The final scene felt tacked on just to appease fans.

I absolutely adore the first two Alien films, but I wasn’t clamoring for someone to solve the mystery of the Space Jockey. Some questions are better left unanswered. Not to mention the futility of trying to catch lightning in a decades old bottle. And while it made good money at the box office, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get a sequel. Lindelof recently announced that he wasn’t going to be involved in writing a sequel. Maybe in another 20-30 years, someone will try to tackle the franchise again.

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