Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Alien Covenant Reviews - What Did You Think?!

Alien Covenant Reviews - What Did You Think?!

Comedian Danny McBride plays Tennessee, a pilot whose enthusiasm for 20th century country music becomes one of Covenant's weirder plot points. Since, obviously, anyone who does this for a living has piles of friends and is always invited to all the best parties. And while I didn't take to wearing a jumpsuit, I did buy some Reeboks that were, at the time, the closest I could get to the ones she dons in the movie.

For all of its edge-of-your-seat dread, though, the movie's forays into philosophy sometimes come off as a little heavy-handed. Bridging the gap between Prometheus and the original Alien movie, Covenant marries its prequel's ontological questions with visceral gore and gripping tension. Sure, in Alien we were introduced to the crew in a similar manner, with the ship prematurely waking them, but it's quiet and reserved. Because narratively, that's all it is - an alien.

On the plus side, he knows what made the original a benchmark in both the horror and science fiction genres.

I'd compare the attempts to do otherwise to deciding to explain the motivations of the shark in Jaws, but it's actually worse than that.

The very cool part of the production of Alien: Covenant is the special effects by the CGI masters, puppeteers, make-up artists, sets and wardrobe crew. In Covenant, the android plays a lead role, with most of his story centered on creation, "fatherhood", and what it means to be human, something the replicants of Blade Runner were a tad preoccupied with as well.

The interaction between Fassbender's two charcters make for some of the movie's more absurd moments, including potentially meme-inspiring silly dialogue, an awkward semi-romantic encounter and a silly bout of robot-fu. But Covenant ultimately does a great job at resurrecting the best parts of its predecessors, while answering much of the speculation around how Prometheus connects to Alien. "They've got to go to his "meemaw's" 90th birthday". Though he certainly works himself into a lather trying to make Covenant's third act feel like the first two, universally beloved Alien flicks, his emphasis on Fassbender represents a dramatic course-change for the series. The events take place before the original Alien, making it a prequel that some feel is too predictable. The film is rated PG-13. The Covenant's new skipper (Billy Crudup) is faith-driven and far less confident; Crudup's presence represents one of many ideas that are mentioned and nearly immediately discarded. It's just that this time the story wasn't really worth telling. As for me, you couldn't pay me to sit through it again. " turn as David and the identical "good" android Walter the cast all seem to be completely adrift". The fact that the movie was so full of plot holes and flat-out stupid behavior by its characters, and, most importantly, didn't have Ripley, or anyone near Ripley's charisma, strength and smarts, made me anxious for the future of the franchise. If you sit down and think about some of what transpires, one could make assumptions and excuses for why certain thing happen the way they do, but a film like this shouldn't rely on the audience coming up with theories after the fact to justify what was put forth on screen, though I know I'll probably end up using some of those assumptions when I argue with friends about Covenant down the road. It never quite resolves that desire, but the most frustrating thing is that it does pretty well at both in an intermittent, scattershot way. From a derivative but propulsive first act, the film moves into a truly perplexing second act that sees Scott delve half-assedly into headier matters and pretty much directly reference Blade Runner in such a freakish, circuitous way that I suspect he may have some residual regret over handing the reins of that forthcoming sequel over to Denis Villeneuve.

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