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*Note: This review contains spoilers.
Saw this last night on Blu-ray. Count me in the group that loves Alien and thought this was a half-baked story that simply doesn't fare well when compared to the original. Now by no means is Prometheus a terrible film, even with all its shortcomings. But Alien rightly occupies a hallowed place in sci-fi/horror, so the expectations for this film were very high.
Let's get this part out of the way up front: The movie's pacing and character development were very poor, which is surprising because that's generally one of Scott's strengths
Call me a pessimist, but I have no faith left in Hollywood at all. And I'm not surprised they've set their sites on one of the true masterpieces of sci-fi since they haven't had an original idea out there in ages and have been reduced to gutting one franchise after another in a pathetic attempt to milk a few more dollars from gullible audiences. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see a quality addition to the legacy of this series -- something that would really stand the test of time. But after the abomination directed by Tim Burton in 2001, I don't want to see the franchise ruined any more than
The debate among Tolkien fans over whether Peter Jackson depicted Sauron wrong in the Lord of the Rings films continues, and here's some interesting information from Wikipedia concerning Sauron and how he should have been.
There is plenty of evidence supporting the notion that Tolkien never intended Sauron to be thought of a great disembodied eye. Although Sauron's power was diminished from that which he originally possessed during the First Age and Second Ages, and he did spend a long time unable to manifest as he previously had, his form was still supposed to be roughly humanoid.
Why is it there are so few truly classic horror and sci-fi films? Are these films really that hard to make, or are we just cursed to suffer through one lame release after another? It's really aggravating considering how many really good sci-fi and horror novels there are to draw on for inspiration. Is Hollywood really that clueless?
But there are a few gems in the rough. Blade Runner, The Thing, and Jaws come to mind. Another movie I never get tired of is Ridley Scott's Alien.
One of things I always found compelling about this film was the way every element was portrayed
A lot has been written about Avatar already, much of it about director James Cameron rather than the film itself. Something about Cameron seems to provoke certain people, but he has his defenders too. He's certainly proved he's the master of big spectacle films. Cameron dares to think big, and in many ways Avatar is as big as Cameron's previous mega-film, Titanic. He reportedly spent massive sums to help finance the film and bring his vision to the big screen. But none of that answers the basic question: is Avatar any good? The answer is yes and no.
First, let's start with the good.