Let’s beat this dead horse one final time by taking another dead horse (in this case lists) and beating it to death. I promised myself that i would get Prometheus‘ review out before doing the obligatory ordered list of my faves, i did just that and now i can have some fun.
So this is my ranking for the proper Alien franchise (from last to first):
I picked up Logan on bluray recently and i highly suggest to anyone reading this that they do the same, or at least watch it now if they missed it in the theatres.
That bit of news alone wouldn’t prompt any post on here, and i’m not going to make it a habit of reviewing home releases; but a curious addition accompanied the bluray in the form of Logan Noir. A black and white version of the film, where they (as the name would suggest) remove the colour from the film for a different version of the same film.
So i figured i would take the opportunity to look at the film in a different light, and address some things that i hadn’t in my original review.
Well it’s better late than never i say. Though truth be told i think it rather fitting that i wrap up the Alien franchise with Prometheus, as it really has very little to do with the series and does everything it can to escape the trappings of a prequel.
I quite liked Prometheus when i saw it in the theatre, and just like Alien Covenant (or rather vice versa) i was really taken aback by the negative response it received. There were tons of people asking ridiculous questions like:
“Why did David poison Holloway?”
“Why didn’t Vickers run sideways?”
“Why did the Engineers want to kill us?”
All of these questions usually had answers in the movie, addressed either implicitly or explicitly by character action, context, and admittedly conjecture.
Hilarious pic from fedor films on youtube, check him out.
It’s always interesting seeing how other people might view a movie, truly watching a film is a completely individual experience. As things so obvious to me, might be opaque to others and vice versa.
There were people who defended Batman v Superman, a large amount of people adore A New Hope; and while i can understand why, i can’t relate or share their views at all.
But it’s especially interesting and sometimes incredibly frustrating when the differences range into the extreme; i like Alien Covenant, love it in fact. I think it’s better than Aliens. I appreciate how it evolved Prometheus‘ themes, i like the explanation given to the creature’s purpose, i like the imagery, i liked the call backs in tone and narrative to Alien, and i absolutely loved Fassbender’s David. So it is jarring to hear people express such vitriol at something that i admire greatly.
So in an effort to step out of my own echo chamber here on this blog, lets examine what some people disliked about AC. I also must add that this post is going to be a long one, as there’s a lot to unpack, things that i didn’t include in my review for brevity and relevance.
Hopefully though you’ll stick around and come out understanding why i like Alien Covenant, in the face of heavy criticism.
I figured i should get this out while Alien Covenant is still playing in theatres, considering its rather troubling tumble in the box office it might not be around for very much longer and i think that’s a shame.
There are spoilers within this review, so in short my recommendations are:
Go see the movie, i’ve seen the movie twice and it holds up, and i think it’s better than Aliens.
Oop, life got in the way for me getting these things out before Alien: Covenant came out, and before saw it as well. Oh well, i can’t do anything about the past but i can do something about the future and the future is always now.
Alien: Resurrection certainly carries around a reputation that’s hard to shake off, like a bad smell. Joss Whedon certainly dislikes it, almost to the point of disowning the thing. While i certainly know how a director can take what you wrote and change it (despite everything being what you wrote) into something you don’t recognise, i can’t say that Whedon is completely free from guilt here.
As all of his idiosyncrasies are evident in the movie we have before us, and the writing is kinda weak in a few areas.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
3rd times a charm certainly wasn’t the case for the alien franchise. The troubled production of Alien ³ is very much storied, and the end result (to my memory) was disjointed, and vaguely insulting to fans of Aliens. I held onto those negative impressions, i didn’t buy the quadrilogy and instead bought the three other movies separately as i deemed Alien ³ to be unnecessary.
But a friend who had watched and liked the assembly cut convinced me to give it a second chance, i did and was frankly amazed at how much i liked it.
Jim Sterling did a defense of it in his short-lived Movie Defense Force on the escapist:
I agree with much of what he says in his defense of Alien ³ with the exception of him asserting it is the best, and that the aliens have stood for loss.
As Alien is the best in the series, and the creatures have consistently stood for one thing: Fear.
Also the film’s very existence renders Aliens pointless, as in both of the previous entries the end result of facing ones fears is victory and survival. This is particularly so with Aliens as its message is that of the benefits of facing ones fears can lead to self-healing, it’s only here in Alien ³ that the message changes.
But i’m getting ahead of myself.