is probably one of the most divisive movies to come out in a long time. Most people tend to gravitate to one extreme or the other on the love/hate axis, with a few of us in the in the middle.
One of the movie's strengths is that it does promote thought. To quote my friend Sandy “I'm still thinking about Prometheus
. I think I'm frustrated because it's really good, really flawed, but so close to being great. You can have an intelligent conversation about it.”
I can't seem to leave it alone either. Many people have dissected this movie and much of what I have to say has been said better by someone else.
I may come back to this when I have something new to add to the debate. For now though, I have a few tip for the folks who haven't seen it yet to maximize your Prometheus
viewing experience. Without spoilers and further ado:Uncle Matt's Guide to Enjoying Prometheus:
Temper your expectations.
Don't expect this to be a direct prequel to Alien., it does not line up, this is more of a tangent.
Don't expect the plot of this movie to make sense, seriously it does not, you may strain something trying to do so. The plot and structure of this movie are seriously flawed, characters will behave nonsensically and events will happen only to move the plot forward. It may help to imagine Sigourney Weaver off stage somewhere in the film's universe reprising her role from Cabin in the Woods.
Do remember this is a horror movie. They were not fucking around with the R rating. Prometheus contains one of the most harrowing scenes I've sat through and I don't even have that set of reproductive equipment.
Do go with an open mind and enjoy it for what it is. Prometheus has some of the most amazing visuals I've ever seen. Seriously see it in 3D, Ridley Scott does Sense of Wonder right, awe is a part of the experience.
Enjoy the performances, yes there are good ones. Michael Fassbender steals the show, his performance as David is worth the price of admission alone. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba's performances are also great and I left the movie wishing the two of them had gotten more screen time. Noomi Rapace may not sine as brightly as the actors I just mentioned, but she does an admirable job as the protagonist, and conveys the sense of awe and wonder well.
Prometheus will make you think, as I've said before, that is one of its true strengths. Scott does not spoon feed the audience or insult our intelligence. Despite the mess of a plot there are important questions asked and some truly deep themes running through it.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacle.