Posted May-19-2017 4:53 AM
I loved this movie. I give it a 5/5. It was a lot different than I expected it would be, from the trailers and clips. The Covenant crew was brilliantly acted, that all felt real. Visually it's a feast for the eyes, even the Covenant itself you can just get lost staring at (especially with her sails up).
But obviously, it gets even better halfway through when David shows up. I have never felt so emotionally overwhelmed in a movie before than when he saved the Covenant crew from the first neo attack. If they had just made a movie about David and didn't try to do the crew-under-attack scenario again this would be a 5/5 A+ movie no doubt. Every scene with Fassbender in it is magic. The audience was guffawing at the flute/kissing scene but I WEPT at the beauty of the implications. David's love of music and literature is fascinating. The use of Wagner in this movie is the best usage since Coppola used him in Apocalypse Now. They made David more than synthetic, and more than human - he's a tragic archetype. Only...made of machine. Also, Pearce as Weylan in the beginning - perfect. Probably the best acting scene in the movie is between those two, save for the MF vs MF scenes. Also, Danny McBride was actually good in it too.
The HORROR and GORE were amazing. The part that scared me the most was the faceless neomorph (is that right?) that's standing upright and bites the chicks head off (still learning the names) - THAT made me jump. Also, did anyone else find Fassbender's entire reaction to Orme killing that same creature to be downright chilling? Like it creeped me out when I was laying down to sleep. Also - the blank-eyed face he makes as Walter when David rips out his cord. Fassbender is one-man horror show.
The big Xenos at the end were so glorious, I wanted to jump to my feet and yell it when the first one shows up as a little baby. Wish we had gotten more Xeno still and that they werent dispatched so quickly but it was still great. The twist at the end with David was obvious but CHILLING nonetheless, and the whole sequence after he puts Daniels to sleep and puts on Wagner is so darkly comical and excessively maniacal it's impossible not to love the hell out of it! I was giggling and smiling like a school girl at the end.
Also, I have to say that I think one of the reasons I loved this movie so much is because they included a concept that I have ALWAYS pondered and thought would be cool to explore for YEARS, since I saw Alien3 in theaters - someone being able to BOND and COMMUNICATE with the xenomorph creature (or any of the morphs) - the Xenowhisperer scenes with David, I'm talking about. That was pure art and done so well. I hope they go further with this.
Overall, I was blown away by it and I cannot wait for the next one. I'll probably have to see this another time in theaters. Thank you Ridley Scott, Fox studios and everyone involved in Covenant for making such incredible entertainment.
Here is my revised ranking of the Alien movies:
1. Alien: Covenant
6. Alien: Ressurection
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