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Review: Prometheus [Jun. 22nd, 2012|03:20 pm]
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Prometheus: Ridley Scott's Titanic failure

Look ma! No helmet! (What could possibly go wrong?)

I know it's not very post-modern of me, but I like to suspend my disbelief when a book or film takes me to another world. I like to pretend that Middle Earth is real, that the Doctor's phonebox might really materialize with a voorp-voorp-voorp right in front of me or that I really could thumb a ride to Bellona.

Put it another way. Fiction ought not set off too many of my shit-detectors. A surgeon should know the kidneys are, a cop shouldn't ride a unicorn in present-day Toronto and Richard Nixon shouldn't spout socialist philosophy on the campaign trail.

(For the record, I can also enjoy in-jokes, the breaking down of fourth walls and even direct auctorial interruption of a narrative — when it is done well.)

The worst thing a creator can do to his or her audience's suspension of disbelief is not to ask it to accept the fantastically impossible, but to accept the mundanely improbable. A Doctor who travels through time and space in a magic phone-box is wonderful, but a doctor who doesn't know basic anatomy is ridiculous.

Which brings me to my second foray into a movie theatre in the year of our Lord two thousand and twelve. Once again I was hyped into slapping down my hard-earned money on a block-busting 3D fantasy. Once again, I walked out well, dissatisfied, to put it mildly.

In fact, Ridley Scott's prequel to his 1979 classic, Alien, is one of the dumbest movies I've ever seen. Failing basic archaeology, biology, astronomy and psychology (to name only a few areas of Epic Failure), Prometheus makes no sense and isn't even scary.

Holy von Daniken, Batman! My review is behind the cut. With spoilers? Sure, but who cares!


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[User Picture]From: miyyu
2012-06-23 11:22 pm (UTC)
I confess, the "let's take our helmets off!" thing bothered me tremendously.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-06-24 04:05 am (UTC)

Oh my, yes!

We're you able to enjoy it as a thriller despite that or were you too busy rolling your eyes?
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[User Picture]From: miyyu
2012-06-24 11:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh my, yes!

I was able to enjoy it. I didn't have a lot of expectations and I did enjoy the whole idea of the aliens seeding worlds. I also thought Michael Fassbender's performance was excellent. There were a lot of plot holes and very little (if any) character development. It's not a good sign when the non-human character is the most interesting. That said, I took the movie, and the characters, as more allegories or symbols rather than something that needed fleshing out, so I was able to let a lot go and not be annoyed as I was watching it. I saw it in the theater, and it was visually very beautiful and held me because of that as well.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2012-06-25 01:20 am (UTC)

Re: Oh my, yes!

It's not a good sign when the non-human character is the most interesting.

That very much reminds me of HAL in 2001, a movie I think is brilliant but that also (as is typical of most of Kubrick's stuff) was really lacking in the humanity department.

As for the visuals, the next time I see something in 3D, I'm going to make sure I see it in a real IMAX theatre. I rather suspect a lot gets lost when they show it on a standard screen.
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