A Reflective Review (now the dust has settled): How 'Bad' was AC, really?!
Posted Aug-02-2017 10:55 AM
Not posted in a while, busy working and raising a mini-me, but did get chance to watch AC again the other day.
It's funny, having taken a break from bordering neurotic nerdishness and analysing every detail it was good to just switch off and watch a movie for its own sake.
First off, AC is a good film. It is! It looks amazing, is well acted and is broad in its scope. A sci-fi lovers dream, no? ;)
I think part of the problem with how it was received was that, myself included, folk had already made up their minds about the film they wanted to see. (I like whisky and often when I try a new one that gets rave reviews I'm disappointed; yet when I give it some time and come back to it find it's actually pretty good - just not what I expected!)
I'm going to buck the trend a little and pick out why I think it was pretty good:
If you're not a self-confessed geek or fan boy, but more of a casual fan, I think it does well at hinting at the xeno origin and teases about the engineers even further without giving too much away or making obvious connections. Whilst I wanted more in this regard, it sets up the next film(s) nicely and you would think we will see engineers first hand, so to speak, in Awakening. And when we do, due to AC's robotic meddling, no doubt we will be on an express elevator to hell . . . lol
The pods and eggs seen in AC also are well done and viable ways of infection. What I noticed more 2nd time was that the spores are everywhere. It's just luck, and that they mostly follow in the wake of the downed JN, that they don't all get infected immediately.
There is still lots left open and in some ways it is a fitting sibling to the original as it leaves us in a dark place with many, many more questions.
Yes, I saw the 'twist' coming 3 years ago ;) but still, for all that the plot is OK and I saw much more of the characters togetherness on 2nd viewing, which RS has to take credit for.
Had this not been ALIEN film I think it would have been received much better i.e. it was critiqued for what it wasn't not for what it was, imo.
My initial rating (sad I know) was 7.9 iirc. I will stand by that.
How have other people felt watching it again or after an absence? Have your views or appreciation changed?
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