Gerry Canavan

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I Promised Myself I Wouldn’t Wade into These Waters

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Written by gerrycanavan

June 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

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  1. I felt genuinely bad not enjoying Prometheus. It’s probably the most gorgeous looking failure of a movie I’ve seen in a long time. There’s a lot to like about it for the longest time, and it even seems for a while like there’s going to be something to love, but wow is it mess.

    That said, I don’t think it’s a train wreck — although I do think the point of the story points working allegorically but not narratively is very well put.

    I tried to detail my own problems with the film here. I had less issue with plot holes than with lack of plot overall — and with the fact that, once Scott decided not to make this an Alien prequel, he didn’t organically change it into something else. It’s a deeply disappointing movie.

    But man, it looks great.


    June 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  2. 2 quick comments:

    1: If the film is such a failure, it must be the most talked about failure in film history. I don’t remember analyses like these after The Phantom Menace (Red Letter Media’s 70 minute deconstruction notwithstanding). I think the haters doth protest too much.

    2: I should really spend an hour or two making “What’s Wrong With Alien (a partial list).” It’s not the perfect film the fanboys like to think it was and it was widely criticized upon its release.

    Bill Simmon

    June 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    • I invite you to do that, but I suspect you’ll find Alien is much more logical than Prometheus. The entire beginning of Alien is dedicated to exactly the sorts of obviously necessary quarantine procedures the Prometheus crew just ignores…


      June 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

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