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[Reaction] Initial Thoughts On ‘Prometheus’, Expectations And The Baggage You Might Bring Into It

As much as I feel people are too sensitive with their definition of the word “spoiler”, I haven’t included any below so feel free to read safely. No plot details or descriptions of any kind are included. This is also not my official review – that’s coming later.

If anyone has a right to attempt a prequel (or any kind of related film) to Alien, it’s Ridley Scott. And make no mistake, Prometheus is very much in that universe and shares more than “strands of DNA” with that film. However, it’s also very much its own movie and the ideas it’s concerned with aren’t very similar to the ideas explored within Alien. If that statement doesn’t make much sense now, I’m betting that it will after you’ve seen the movie.

I’ll get into all of this in more detail when my review hits in a few days, but I want to talk a bit about expectations first. I’ve seen Prometheus once (I’m seeing it again in a few hours so I can clarify my thoughts) and it’s a film that I like quite a bit. I’d go so far as to say that it’s “really good”. Like most films (and it’s better than most films), it’s not perfect. Normally I wouldn’t even bring this sort of thing up ahead of my review, but I feel that for the past six months many of you have been expecting a perfect film – something that equals Alien. It’s not your fault, the film is asking to be viewed through this lens.

But I’d encourage you not to. I’d encourage you to treat it as a new film and not bring a massive amount of baggage into the theater with you. Not everything in the movie works, but it’s gorgeous, intense and has some genuinely shocking and great moments. It can also claim great performances from Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace. I’ve heard some people complain that these characters are thinly drawn, but I certainly felt I knew enough about them to get what makes them tick.

Prometheus also has a lot of ideas and raises a lot of questions, questions that (by design) it doesn’t always answer. In that sense, it truly is its own cool sci-fi film and not an Alien film. It helps to be open to Scott’s desire to explore new territory within this framework. What doesn’t help is to expect an out-of the-box masterpiece, because many of you won’t find it to be that. But if you can get excited about Prometheus as an intense and interesting new movie – you’re in luck. I’m not asking you to turn off your brain or to disengage from critical thinking, I just think it might work better for you on an even playing field.

Prometheus opens on June 8th. We have a lot of interviews in the pipeline for you – starting with Michael Fassbender today at 3PM PST.



  • H666

    good point. expectation can ruin a film or at least make it less satisfying than you imagined it would be, so you can come out of the cinema quite deflated despite the fact you have just seen a good movie (often far better than average). I found the exact same thing with Avengers after the reviews, then watching it and just finding a very solid, good fun action movie. no more no less.

  • ttop33

    well my expectations are really low after reading some of the reviews. It sounds like the movie was just made to make a sequel and did not answer any of the questions it raised. It also seemed like Fox and Scott were trying to make two different films and who knows what went on behind the scenes.

    • EvanDickson

      It answers some of them, but I think it’s interesting that it leaves others unanswered. The film is Scott’s cut.

    • Prometheus has a 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What reviews are you reading?

      • ttop33

        I read a few different critics. Most of them raved about the visuals but brought up certain plot points which didn’t pan out or were rushed.

  • djblack1313

    so people not wanting things to be spoiled (especially in a movie like PROMETHEUS) is a case of people being “too sensitive”!?!. um, no. go ahead and spoil away P3DD. it’s not a movie that’s interesting or deep enough to not want things spoiled from. just sayin’. i’m not reading any of these (even non-spoilery) reviews except for the one i read on Comingsoon. i hope you liked this movie Evan. i can’t wait to see on the 8th!

    • EvanDickson

      Laugh that you brought up the coming soon “review”. It’s not supposed to be one. Yes I did like the movie.

  • CountOrlok

    I knew from the first clips that this was going to be mediocre, but I’ll see it for the visuals.

  • Aaron Emery

    While I do have faith in Scott, the fact that it was written by 2 guys who’s resumes boast The Darkest Hour and Cowboys & Aliens, I have been a little worried. Hey, I will still be there next Friday night to check it out though, hopefully it’s a win!

  • Jasonicus

    I’m not worried. People are such whiny cynics these days.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Although most reviews I’ve read have been positive, nobody seems to think it’s an “amazing film”; they all seem to be lukewarm reviews. In trying to dissect those opinions, I fear we set our expectations too high. I think we’re in for another ‘Super 8’, you know, decent film, but not what we were all hoping for. Hope I’m wrong though.

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