Alien: Covenant Review
It’s alright. Not bad. Certainly not great, but it definitely did happen, so it’s just alright I guess.
No matter what the switch in marketing, this is no straight Alien film. This is a Prometheus sequel. Audiences weren’t exactly bowled over by Prometheus, it was ponderous, had ideas above it’s station to a degree, and weird blue guys who dissolved into water creating human life… apparently. And Alien: Covenant has the same, except the blue dissolving man. There’s not that much wrong with it but having seen earlier in the year I can definitely say it didn’t feel as good as that to me.
Some of the monster CGI felt very Harryhausen, and not in a good way. Not in a way you can get away with now. The action sequences have sort of been done before in other entries into the franchise, and well… the plot.
It’s not a bad plot really if you take it at face value but… you DEFINITELY have to remember a lot of Prometheus for it to work, whilst simultaneously ignoring things about it they want you to… They are tied together intrinsically and that, not being highlighted at all in the trailer will leave a lot of people unprepared and leaving cold. That’s definitely the feeling I got leaving the cinema.
I feel like I’ve talked it down, and it’s not bad. The performances by some are great. Especially Katherine Waterston who is the shining light of the film, much like in Fantastic Beasts… (although to a greater extent) she has a natural ability to make you care, which cannot be taught. And Michael Fassbender is all Fassbender-y too. Danny McBride also deserves a mention. There are good bits, but there are meh bits too. Bunch of meh.
And please watch Prometheus before you see it…