**no spoilers, don't worry**
Just saw it on a giant fucking screen in IMAX 3D. Loved it.
I'd been avoiding the spoilers in this thread, but had glimpsed enough at the start of posts here to prepare myself for a mediocre movie. But it was far better than that. The visuals were stunning, a couple of performances were fantastic. Was it perfect? No. But it was a damn good movie. Can't wait for the next one!
I'm so sick of all the comic book & transformer-type movies that keeps getting thrown at us. Some are good, most are shit. It was great to see a more classic "serious" sci-fi film. Scott deserves praise for even trying -- and he very much succeeded IMO.
This is a great post for me mate.
As an ardent Science fiction fan of nearly 40 years now I too am pretty demoralised with all the crap that is passing itself off as Science Fiction these days. There is no real thought or intelligence in them. They are a standard fare of (usually) up their own arse characters suddenly facing a challenge from *somewhere* then teaming up, going through a few problems before kicking shit out of it and all 'learning' something (Before coming back in the next one in about the same state the left the last one).
There is no real thought processes, just a sad, tired format.
It's nice when you get the odd film that tries to be different, tries not to have all the answers and tries to shake things up. The best thing about Prometheus if it's as successful as I hope is that it gives the green light to the tens of thousands of fantastic stories out there that Hollywood have wimped out on. There are just so many incredible books out there that deserve to be on film.
But you have to be careful. You have to allow a good director to get his hands on it and TRY AND KEEP THESE STUPID SCREENWRITERS AWAY FROM THE STORY. These blokes are seriously terrible idiots. Look at "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Adjustment Bureau", "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "I, Robot" and all the other great stories that were horribly butchered by clueless morons that hadn't got a clue. All of those films if done right and IF THEY HAD KEPT THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT would have been fantastic just turned into absolute crap.
I honestly don't understand the thought processes of "Take a great script. Get people in to do it. Get a screenwriter to take the great script and turn it into something that a five year old chipmunk could scrawl better with a crayon."