Alien: Covenant immediate first impressions
Posted May-05-2017 1:20 AM
As you know I attended the world premiere of Alien: Covenant yesterday. My full review I will post later but here is a brief run down of my first impressions...
The film is very much Alien. With having some nods to Prometheus it definitely leans more on the Alien / Aliens side of the mythology. However, while being an Alien focused sequel, the story is really about David.
As you can imagine Fassbender once again stole the show with his remarkable performance as David and Walter. Though, the rest of the cast did fare much better than those in Prometheus.
The film was enjoyable overall, but I do have a few gripes which I will explain at length in my spoiler-filled review.
Covenant is a worthy entry into the Alien series, but like Prometheus, it has a lot of explaining to do before we get to the 1979 original.
I have a second viewing planned for the 10th and I hear repeat viewings are necessary for this movie.
Expect a fill rundown soon, though!
Posted May-05-2017 1:36 AM
Chris Hmmmm I just read your review for Prometheus from 2012 and you gave it 5 stars. I kinda anticipated that people who liked Prometheus too much are going to have some issues with "Alien Covenant". I hope this is not a scenario where the aliens are just the bait they used to make us watch a movie about A.I. In that case it would be even more deceiving than Prometheus.
Posted May-05-2017 2:26 AM
Did I miss something stating who the pic was of? I might have leapt to a conclusion it was Chris, as I figured it most likely was, given the Topic...and I had 3 housemeows in my face at the time demanding treat tributes :D
*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*
Posted May-05-2017 2:39 AM
That's definitely me in the pic hahaha and thanks guys! I wasn't wearing the jacket that came with it, but it was a 3 piece wool black suit. Very comfortable and relatively classy for this event. I wanted to represent us well. Glad to hear you guys dig it!
And yeah Covenant is a new beast all in its own I would say. It's hard to explain my likes and dislikes in a non-spoiler, few paragraphs. I'm still collating... Haha but without a doubt it requires a repeat viewing. The pacing was rather quick and if you blinked you might've missed things.
Posted May-05-2017 2:44 AM
OH, ok then, all's good!! Yeah, having a buncha housemeows 'helping' one to Internet...they're NOT as helpful as they like to think. :)
I would say that you represented the forum, membership and yourself extremely well and very Tastefully!
I love movies that have high re-watchability value, as you can always find little things you missed earlier. I'm just really happy that the review is Positive and gives us an idea of the movie's 'character', and it sounds like it has a strong one!
*Man's giant leap was just a stumble in the dark.*
Posted May-05-2017 4:45 AM
Hey Chris!! Finally I am able to see you as a person, not as an admin in typed letters! Your dress, hairstyle and attitude reminds me of Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode,- thats a compliment! Even if you maybe dislike the frontman... Well,- back to the hardly awaited review: I know it is very tricky to write one spoiler-free,- but please give your best and try not to go to deep in the storyboard or twists. Thank you so very much for your work and shared time with us here! Best greetz from Germany!
Posted May-05-2017 4:49 AM
Just wondering, would this movie viewing experience be ruined if knowing the spoilers beforehand?
For instance, when I first watched Alien 3, I had no clue to realize Ridley will be dead at the end, and I was so glad I didn't know it beforehand. So in Alien Covenant, is there any big twists (or some kind of big moments) that it's better left unknown for fans? Thanks
Posted May-05-2017 4:54 AM
CHRIS - How very fantastic! I am so pleased you enjoyed yourself during the premier and am very interested in reading your full review of Alien: Covenant. As an aside: you look quite dashing in the above picture! I am exceptionally proud to have you as the face of our community! :)
Posted May-05-2017 4:55 AM
Ripley,- not Ridley! Or did you mean Scott fell mouse-dead from chair after watching Alien3!? Haha.
I know about 3 twists so far: 2 predictables and one unexpected big third one! So I personally dont want to know more. Its more than enough to know thats "all about David" as Chris mentioned.
Posted May-05-2017 5:54 AM
@SparklingAmbien, if you can make it to Toronto on the 10th I have some tickets to give out. I'll be posting an official giveaway tonight.
@AaronStar, I was wearing the vest in that shot, but the camera girl was wearing my jacket (she was cold lol)
I have another pic with Dane Hallett, at night where I have the jacket on as well:
And I will do my best to release a spoiler free review first. Then, a fleshed out, spoiler filled version after that.
@Jonesy, Depends which spoilers you discovered. But Ultimately with everything I saw leading up to, there was still plenty of stuff I was surprised by.
I will also add, they cut a LOT out of the film. I'm hoping for a director's cut to be released.
Posted May-05-2017 6:33 AM
Very classy style Chris and since you obviously work out you wear it nicely! Good choice of colours as well.
Did you feel like they cut out parts that made the film feel incoherent as a whole or was it edited good enough- in combination with other good aspects- not to take any further notice about it?
Did it try to please several camps (Alien/Aliens/Prometheus) IYO or does it find its own strain among the other Alien films?
Posted May-05-2017 9:40 AM
@Neomorph, with regards to cuts I think certain aspects lacked some explanation while others made scenes seem to progress quickly. Some instances I felt like they rushed it a bit, but it's easy to follow what's going on.
Also no, I don't think it tried to please the camps, at least not blatantly. However there were some very obvious Alien and Aliens references. Quite a few consecutively as well so at parts I felt like it was almost forced but they were subtle enough to hide that fact.
Honestly some of my biggest gripes have to do with pacing and creature design choices. But, there are plenty of creature design elements I loved. The Facehuggers being one of them - best we've ever seen by far. So, it's hard to explain properly without spoiling things.
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