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Saw it tonight; spoiler free impressions

Saw it tonight; spoiler free impressions

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JazzHands

May-18-2017 10:06 PM

I was so freaking excited for tonight! I got all decked out in my favorite shirt, packed up my teenage son and husband and we hit the road to the cinema.

I live in a podunk little town in the way northern suburbs of Atlanta, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the theater start to fill up for A:C on this rainy Thursday night. Ok, on with the show... and please remember, this is just my measly old opinion, please take it with a grain of salt! :)

The Good: As others have mentioned, the acting was pretty solid across the board. There were a couple of instances of bad dialogue, but that's certainly not the actors' fault, and I think by and large everyone did a great job with what they had to work with- even James Franco and especially Danny McBride, whom I've loved since Eastbound and Down. He was great. For the most part the characters were slightly more fleshed out, more believable, less stupid and more sympathetic than in Prometheus. Basically more like real people and not caricatures of people. And naturally, Fassbender stole the show.

There was some lovely cinematography featured throughout the film; as always, Ridley's keen eye leaves his artistic stamp on everything he touches. There were also some genuine moments of horror and tension, though I tried really hard to avoid spoilers- if you watched much of the footage that's currently available you might not feel the same. I quite enjoyed the treatment of all of the creatures, although I do feel like they veered into "too much CGI" territory a few times.  

The Bad: I don't know if it's because I'm an old, but I had a really hard time seeing what was happening on many of the shots that were filmed outside in the dark. Which really sucked because that's where much of the action takes place. It pulled me out of the movie on several occasions, and I found myself thinking "what the hell was that" or "what just happened". I'm a horror junkie; I want to see exactly what happens when people start exploding or when they get their guts ripped out. As far as the story goes, there was quite a bit I left feeling frustrated about; mostly the many abandoned plot lines from Prometheus, coupled with not enough meaty plot points to this story. So much more could've ben told. It felt rushed. And oh that ending. Minutes before it happened, I leaned over and whispered to my husband what I thought was going to happen and that's exactly what happened. I mean, it was a fine ending but when it's so predictable it's disappointing.

The Ugly: Cripes, I wish that this had been better. It had so much potential to be amazing but ultimately fell victim to total mediocrity. And being mediocre isn't the end of the world, I  know, I just wanted more. More depth, more new and fascinating creatures (I'd love to have seen WAY more of David's lab and his drawings!), more things that I haven't seen before. I wanted to be confronted with things that challenged my visual and mental preconceived notions and that did not happen. So I feel let down. But I will certainly add A:C to my collection when it comes out on DVD, and perhaps repeated viewings will soften my feelings toward it. Hell, I loathed Prometheus when it came out, and I love it now- flaws and all.

9 Responses to Saw it tonight; spoiler free impressions

splatterpunk

May-18-2017 10:12 PM

That's a fair take and won't disagree too much. I absolutely loved the ending. I also thought what you thought and I was right. I'm a big horror fan. I loved the blood but I thought they could of added more. The fx crew exaggerated a little on the gore in their interview but looking back it was pretty bloody. I'll probably go again to the theater and definitely buying the blue-ray. 

Dr. Curt Connors

May-18-2017 11:31 PM

My overall reaction is disappointment so I'm with you there. Went in excited came out disappointed and let down.

magyklyXdelish

May-19-2017 12:11 AM

My husband and I loved it. We did leave with many questions though. My favorite part was the cute little baby xenomorph that raises his hands after being born. So adorable. 

 

But maybe that's a bad thing? Should the baby xenomorphs be cute? Shouldn't they be scary? Although i did think the xenomorph in 3 was cute too so maybe I just have a problem lol

Maximorph

May-19-2017 12:15 AM

Cool shirt!! I see Japanese writing on it!

laperouse

May-19-2017 2:47 AM

Never in my life I had expectations so high for a movie like in the case of Prometheus. Never in my life I left the cinema so furious after first watching. And never in my life a movie evolved in my mind so positively through re-watching of it again and again with the years! I am 43 now, and I praise original Alien more than ever earlier throughout last 35 years or so of my confrontation with the franchise. Every time I put my blu ray on I discover some new traits inside of that master peace.  It is really interesting how the perception can evolve if you watch the movie twice only in the time frame of seven days. But the patience is not one of overwhelming characteristics in our society today... ;-)

All those... moments... will be lost, in time, like tears... in... rain.

colonialsoldier

May-19-2017 4:23 AM

I am in Augusta and saw the 7pm show.  I had my beer and in my reclining seats.  Again, I was disappointed. I will watch Aliens - The Director's cut in my man cave tonight lol.

drop your linen

May-19-2017 5:44 AM

SPOILERS

I really wanted to like this film, but I was dissapointed. I just felt like I'd seen most of it before - crew waking up early, intercepting a strange signal, visit planet, crashed ship, infected crew, alien gets on board, let's try and blast it out the air lock. I would love to have seen more of David's lab and how he created the eggs and would have liked to have seen more of the engineer homeworld. I also thought the CGI on the 'big chap' was poor. I also can't beleive how stoopid the crew were at times, going off on their own when it really would have been a good idea to stick together.

There were some cool things - loved the embryonic facehuggers at the end, loved the tribute to Böcklin's (and Giger's) Isle of The Dead, most of the film was beatifully shot, loved the actual ship (Covenant), good fight between David  / Walter.

Overall I just wasn't blow away though :-(

JazzHands

May-19-2017 6:15 AM

@magyklyXdelish I wanted scary, not cute, and it was kind of cute! 

@Maximorph Thank you! It's my favorite Xenomorph shirt. :)

 

@QueenElizabethShaw I take it you are disappointed too? Or ??

@laperouse Exactly!! Sounds identical to how my feelings on Prometheus evolved. Glad to know I'm not alone.

@colonialsoldier I feel you. I'm sorry.

@drop your linen Precisely. I concur completely. And that's the ultimate let down, because this was a missed opportunity to blow our minds. All the ingredients were there and they didn't make magic.

 

 

 

 

 

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