I’m sure that most of you know Ridley Scott‘s return to the science fiction genre, Prometheus, is coming out on Friday of this week, but just in case you forgot I figured I’d remind you. The film has been one of the most talked about of the year and reviews have been slowly leaking out, which helps us get a better idea of what to expect.
Most die-hard followers have been hoping for THE film of the summer, but it looks as if Prometheus isn’t going to be that film. Early reports are calling it good, but not great. I’m a little upset that I wasn’t able to check it out last week, but I’m also kind of relieved, because now I can go into the film with adjusted (or more realistic) expectations.
Nothing is worse than going into something and being underwhelmed or disappointed.
I’ve prepared myself a list of 5 things that will help me get ready for Prometheus. This list is more or less just something I made out of early reactions and my own reactions from the trailers and clips that have been released. It’s not meant to be the ultimate preparation guide or anything, but just something fun to help get your mind ready for a little sci-fi.
1. Watch Alien
I know that I might get some gripe for this one, because Alien is such a timeless classic, but I really feel that watching Alien is almost required at this point. It’s one of Ridley Scott‘s better films and it’s one of the best horror/sci-fi films I’ve ever seen. I’m not telling you to watch this and expect the same for Prometheus, but I do think you should watch it and get a feel for Scott’s sci-fi filmmaking.
2. Watch Event Horizon
This one is partially based on early reactions and also based on my own opinions. Event Horizon is the perfect example of fun and scary sci-fi. It doesn’t reinvent the genre, but it does pay homage to it and provide you with a lot of intensity and sci-fi violence. It’s kind of a crazy movie and a lot of early Prometheus reviews are comparing the film to Event Horizon and saying that it’s much more like Horizon and less like Alien, which is still a good thing in my mind.
3. Look at This Poster
Film reviewer Devin Faraci (over at Bad Ass Digest) posted this earlier today and mentioned how it’s much more fitting for Prometheus than some of the current marketing. He says that it sells the film a little more clearly than the Alien tie-ins. I like the poster and its throwback look to those 50s B movies and checking out the poster sort of helps me alter my expectations yet again.
4. Watch Robin Hood
I know this one might come completely out of left field, but I always think it’s important to remember where a director stands in terms of career progression. Ridley Scott has been making movies for decades, but in those decades he’s changed as a filmmaker. He’s made a few weak entries, but he’s more importantly enhanced his style, fooled with filmmaking techniques and hopefully learned from his mistakes. People keep comparing Prometheus to Alien, but I think they’re forgetting just how long ago Alien was made.
1979 feels like ages ago now and that’s because it is. Since then Scott has made excellent films like American Gangster, Gladiator and Blade Runner, but he’s also made Body of Lies and most recently Robin Hood. His last two films are without a doubt two of his weakest and I think it’s good to remember that going into Prometheus. Directors can reinvent themselves or really get invested into a specific production, but they mostly improve or decline in quality gradually, with the occasional misfire. I’ve never seen a director go from making something perfect to something horrible and then keep repeating that process.
5. Watch the Trailer
This one is obvious, but I always like to go back and watch the first trailer/teaser ever released before seeing a flick. In this case it would be the effective and creepy Prometheus teaser. It gave us an early glimpse of the sheer scale of the sci-fi film and it also brought us back to that creepy feeling we first felt when watching Alien. But watching the teaser now, after months of promotion and reactions, should leave you with a better awareness. You should be able to still see things that look really good, but you should also be able to pick out maybe a few things that aren’t as great or as impacting as you remember when you initially saw the teaser.
In the end Prometheus is just another risk by the studios and an attempt for Scott to channel a time when his filmmaking game was at its best. The worst Prometheus can be is just a slightly disappointing sci-fi flick that works wonders in the visual department, but not so much in the story. The buzz on the performances is strong across the boards and the world that Scott presents seems to be big enough for possible sequels, in which these minor story bugs can be fixed, I hope.
Let’s all just go into Prometheus with an open mind and with fair expectations.
Do you have any preparations for the film? Feel free to share below!