Just came back from the cinema after having watched Prometheus and as much as I want to be really excited about it, I can’t. It wasn’t bad, but it was far from amazing. I’m a huge science fiction fan, and I love Ridley Scott’s work, but for all the potential this film had, it failed to properly realise it.
One of my main issues was with the characters. Given the impressive cast, you’d think someone like Ridley Scott would want to make full use of their capabilities, instead, most of the characters came across as bland, if they didn’t seem entirely redundant that was, and badly scripted, with motives that never became quite clear or believable. What was perhaps even more dumbfounding was the addition of several (personal) storylines that served absolutely no purpose, and therefore struck me as nothing but a cheap trick to offer some depth to characters/a story that’s severely lacking.
Then there was the action. Now don’t get me wrong, I probably love action films more than the average guy (and mind you, I am not a girl not yet a woman) but somehow, the action felt like a tad too much in this film. Had they left out a third, or perhaps even as much as half of the action scenes and replaced them with a decent exploration of backstory / character-motivation, this might have been a really good film. After all, the premise was interesting, the actors talented and the cinematography fantastic. But who knows, I could be wrong, after all, here I sit, two hours after leaving the cinema and I’m still not sure what Prometheus was about and why things happened the way they did. And that’s coming from someone who’d like to think she’s not the kind of person that has a hard time understanding the point of a story, because she doesn’t remember having been confused for even a second during Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Now I’m fairly certain that somewhere in the near future I will watch this film again, -who am I kidding, I will watch the crap out of this once I get my hands on the dvd-, but until a rewatch convinces me otherwise, I remain disappointed.
Edit: After reading other people’s comments on the film here on tumblr I came to the conclusion that it isn’t the film that’s lacking, it’s me. I’m simply not profound enough to appreciate it. So there you go.