These are my thoughts on Ridley Scott’s movie Prometheus which is set in the same universe as Alien, a movie he directed over 30 years ago. Be warned – there be spoilers ahead.
Movies that make you think? Sadly modern movie-making is almost exclusively in the hands of those that feel a blockbuster experience shouldn’t be allowed room for a free-thinking audience. It’s all about those bums on seats. So when a movie like Prometheus comes along, I have to go see it on the big screen. And so I did.
Things I liked, on reflection, about Prometheus? The movies ambition; the themes of faith and scientific discovery and the idea of big things come from small beginnings. I also like that the movie didn’t try to recapture the tension of the original Alien movie. I believe it would have been a waste of time to sit through another ‘Alien’ experience. Those who wanted Ridley Scott to right the wrongs, of the lesser movies in the franchise, by making such a movie obviously don’t think outside the box much.
The other theme I believe should get more of a mention is the subject of female infertility. It’s a topic that is very rarely broached in movies but has to be one of the most important subjects in any woman’s lifetime. The ability to reproduce is often taken for granted and for a woman not to have the option to carry a new life to term needs far more understanding and compassion than you can ever imagine.
Noomi Rapace’s Elizabeth Shaw represents a strong female role-model that has to struggle with, not only her faith, but that she will never have the experience of giving birth to children of her own. My hope for any sequel of Prometheus will be that Ridley Scott develops Elizabeth Shaw’s struggle with both her faith and her own infertility. I believe – hinted at during the scene where David is watching the dreams of Shaw – that there could be a rich character there in Elizabeth Shaw. Her continued involvement and relationship with David in future movies could also be very engaging.
Much has been made of the weak script and, bar Rapace and Fassbender, the characterisation is rather poor. I agree to a point but a longer movie – Ridley’s first cut was 2hrs 27mins – and maybe a directors cut could reintroduce some of what is missing from the movies shallow points. I’m not saying it would improve the overall experience but it could make the experience a little fuller with regards to the characters of the supporting cast.
If my recommendation means anything, then I highly suggest you go see it before you listen to others make up your mind for you.