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My Thoughts on Prometheus...
SPOILER ALERT... I am just gonna talk openly about the movie here. These are my immediate impressions upon seeing the movie for the first time, mere hours ago. IF YOU DON'T WANT IT SPOILED - STOP READING NOW.

So last night I attended a midnight screening of "Prometheus" in IMAX 3D. And I loved it, loved it, loved it.

Simply put: Prometheus is the best Alien - related movie since Cameron's "Aliens", easily, no questions asked.

From a visual, artistic standpoint, "Prometheus" faithfully follows the design sensibility presented by the 3 main artists who created the look of the original 1979 "Alien" film.

The alien planet / alien culture stuff follows the art style of HR Giger.
The human-made spaceship interiors and exteriors, follow the art style of Ron Cobb.
The human space suits and intelligent humanoid alien beings look like things out of a 1970's Heavy Metal comic drawn by Moebius.

Ridley Scott is amazing when he delivers these kinds of films, that take place in a totally realized, well-thought-out, and completely believable, fantasy world.

Storywise, this movie shows its influences but worked well for me.

H.P. Lovecraft readers will recognize the plot from a mile away. "Prometheus" uses Lovecraft's epic horror novel, "At the Mountains of Madness" as a template for its basic plot structure, and follows that plot almost point-by-point... right up to, and including, the giant Shoggoth attack at the end. But this film also decorates that basic plot skeleton with many, many new ideas that keeps "Prometheus" unique, and ingenious, unto itself.

As far as scariness... oh yeah, it works! You get the monsters and the creepy, unfriendly, lethal environment, that you would expect... but this film also delivers psychological, and emotional horror. If medical stuff is your phobia... there is a surgery scene in "Prometheus" that is one of the most imaginative, and original scenes of cinematic horror, in years.

"Prometheus" reveals much about the "Space Jockey" who was the pilot of the "Derelict Ship" in the original "Alien" film. Now, I saw that original film in 1979 when I was in first grade. Ever since then, I always took the Space Jockey to be, exactly what it looked like: a member of an alien race of creatures with scary, elephant-skull shaped heads. So, as a monster-fan, it was a little disappointing for me on a personal level, to learn that the mysterious Space Jockey is actually just a very humanoid creature with a very human-like face, wearing a weird, elephant-skull-shaped helmet. As a monster fan who has been wondering about those Space Jockeys my whole life, that revelation was a tiny bit of a let-down. And I fully realize most other normal people who aren't as in love with monsters, won't be bothered by that detail.

Admittedly the Space Jockey's helmet/ head, is only a design choice, not a story-point, and therefore a minor quibble. And considering that this choice was made by the same director who gave us the original Space Jockey - it becomes a difficult point to argue with. That just means I knew less about the Space Jockey than its creators did. It is still a visual disappointment for me personally, but it only means I assumed too much. That's kinda my problem, not Ridley Scott's problem. I will have to adjust to this fact in the future.

It is worth noting that this film may not actually be an explanation of how the original Derelict Ship from the original Alien movie, ended up there. In fact, the alien planet presented in "Prometheus" may not even necessarily be Acheron / LV-426 / the same planet, as visited in the original film. There is nothing here to confirm that it is the same planet. It looks very similar and is clearly being used by the same race of Space Jockey aliens... But it may only be a similar planet used for the same purposes. The film offers suggestions that either scenario could be the case. A second viewing is required!

The story we get in "Prometheus" is more of an explanation of what the Space Jockey's alien race and culture was about, and how they worked, and what the hell they were actually up-to. And we see an example of that, which may not be connected to the same alien individuals seen in the original film. BUT - this disconnect is not a flaw. It is, in fact, the film's saving grace.

The fact that it may not be THE same Derelict Ship from the original movie is actually a rather ingenious, secret ingredient that forgives ANY violation "Prometheus" might have made, of the original "Alien" film. If this were not the case, I would have a lot more story problems with the movie.

I thought the lead actress, Noomi Rapace, gave an excellent performance and created a great new leading female sci-fi hero. I did not find her the least bit sexy... But she IS weirdly pretty, and has even stranger skull & cheekbone structure than the Space Jockey's helmet... but that makes her look very unique and cool as a character in a Sci-Fi movie. So she won me over.

I have never been a Charlize Theron fan. But she is great in this film. Her death scene is awesome.

Guy Pierce is a great actor, and I usually like him in everything... but in "Prometheus" he wears probably the phoniest, fakiest looking old-age makeup job I've ever seen in a movie. That was literally the ONLY bad special effect in the entire movie.

The rest of the cast is also great. The guy who plays David, the Synthoid, is thoroughly sinister, yet polite and efficient. He reminded me of a young Hannibal Lecter.

I almost failed to mention - the musical score was very solid. It even echoes the original Alien score in many places. I think it will be one of those great movie soundtracks to listen to while drawing monsters for years to come!

Seeing this movie in IMAX 3D was great. I used to take the glib opinion that 3D is just a gimmick - and on bad movies, it definitely feels that way. But on a great movie like "Prometheus" (or "Avengers"), the IMAX 3D really does work as a genuine enhancement of the experience.

Bottom line - speaking as a hardcore, lifelong fan of the original 1979 "Alien", I loved "Prometheus".

I need to see it about 4 more times to fully absorb it. But it is great, great, great.
We need more movies on this level of quality.

And on a final note, this is only opening weekend, and I'm already getting the feeling from people at work and on the internet, that there is a hipster vibe brewing, to dislike or be unimpressed with, "Prometheus". Don't fall for that trendy attitudinal crap. This is a great, beautiful, powerful, scary, profound, imaginative, top-notch movie. Whatever minor flaws it may have, pale in comparison to its extraordinary accomplishments.

-Bryan
  • Watching: Alien
  • Playing: Skyrim
  • Eating: Sushi
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darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
That Space Jockey had better not be humanoid or it's all over for me....
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Superbum Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't think Charlize Theron's character died. They never showed the aftermath of her remains and she may have found a safe place between a rock and a hard place just like our main character. I predict if they were to have any future installments that she will return to her pod and get pregnated by the weird-alien that hatched out of the "Uber-Human".

As a fan I am contrary to your opinion that the "Space Jockey" was a let down. I think the "uber-humans" were really interesting to look at and I was kind of disappointed by the squid face-hugger because it didn't seem as interesting to me. I look at the Gigerian armor that they were wearing as bio-mechanical, like it might have the ability to regenerate it's surface if damaged or heal it's user. Almost like a medic armor. Possibly made of armor base but of some type of flesh.

My favorite design were the human's space suits, especially that tight fitting head gear, I wish they would have worn that more.

The sound scape was really epic and pulse pounding.

Michael Fassbender was great as the android and it also leads us into why Ripley is so un-trusting of Bishop's motives and assistance in the Alien films. It seems an android companion is a double edged sword.

I came to the conclusion that the movie was called "Prometheus" because the opening scene with the "uber-human" having possibly stolen some of that black substance that appears to be a type of mutation accelerator that may be like an amniotic fluid for the H.R. alien breed.

Prometheus is a friend of mankind; a god that defected from the company of other gods. In this case I equate the uber-humans as the gods. My theory is he has stolen that substance and sampled it on himself unsure of it's effects and when he falls over the waterfall and detoriates that's what man himself might be made up out of DNA wise. He basically diluted his DNA after he stole "fire" from the gods and allowed man to have a chance at life as if the human ancestors may have sprung up from him, leaving the engineers to have made that bio-weapon for someone else outside of just man?

As a whole I feel like the film alos drew many themes from the re-release of the Doom franchise for the X-Box and the movie.

I.E. DNA manipulation to create creatures, finding answers of man kinds ancestor from ancient stone tablets and archaic writing that point to a conclusion in space, impending threat to mankind and earth if someone lets them leave, and a group of scientists/administrators that had a shady master plan that your heroes weren't apart of, and finally like Doom mankind's ancestor may have initially came from another planet.

But criticisms aside, I really enjoyed the film regardless and it has been a long time since I've seen a movie try and be so mysterious and inventive but also maintain great production elements. And this feels like a rare thing for the film industry.
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stvnhthr Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I was going to email and ask what you thought. I'll probably wait for it to hit the second run theater before going.

I still remember us seeing Alien3 and feeling like it was a kick in the gut.

Glad to hear this is better.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes... In my opinion, it goes like this:

"Alien" and "Aliens" are untouchable classics...
"Alien 3" was a beautiful-looking, beautifully-directed movie, loaded with miserably bad story choices...
"Alien: Resurrection" and the "Alien Vs. Predator" movies are stupid to the point of being insulting-to-the-viewer's-intelligence...

"Prometheus" is ALMOST as much a classic as "Alien" and "Aliens". Not quite up to that level but darn close.
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stvnhthr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I'm with James Cameron, I enjoyed the first AVP flick, it wasn't high cinema; but once you got over the script problems it was fun enough. The second one AVP: Requiem sucked on every level.

Alien and Aliens are classics.

Alien 3 was a horrible story marred by bureaucratic studio interference but given to a great director and production designer. Looks great, I just have no interest in watching it.

Alien: Resurrection had an interesting water scene; the rest is ridiculous and pointless.

Prometheus has my interest, but I'm not excited about the "life started by aliens" storyline. If this was a stand alone I could approach it like 2001, a movie I like to watch but totally disagree with its theological underpinnings. By trying to explain the abiogenesis evolutionary process to include panspermia or exogenesis takes away from the Alien mythos for me. Still I'm sure I will enjoy parts of Prometheus.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You are making too many assumptions about Prometheus without having seen it.
Actually you will be surprised by the Christian faith of the lead female character.

SPOILERS...
The film makes a big deal of the fact that she wears a cross and believes in God. Other people get killed but this girl never finds herself in direct physical danger - until she takes off her cross, at which point she finds herself in a variety of horrifying, grisly situations. As soon as she puts her cross back on, she not only survives but starts winning again. The scientist characters in the film revere the Engineer (Space Jockey) aliens because they believe these Engineers might actually be the creators of human life (which is their theory, the film never actually confirms it) so the scientists say, "If this is true, then humans could finally admit that God doesn't exist." To which our Christian female lead replies, "Hmmm - Then who created the Engineers?" And this question is left unanswered. From about the mid-point of the film onward, it is made pretty clear that the "perfect, godlike" Engineers are just another flawed race - different from, but no better than, us humans.

That is how I interpreted this movie as a Christian myself.
But what is great about the movie is that it is so ambiguous.
All these different ideas are flying around, but intentionally left unanswered - no conclusion in favor of science or religion is definitely given... which leaves the whole movie very open to interpretation. So it can work for almost anybody.
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stvnhthr Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Good points. I guess I read too much into Ridley Scott's views of faith and how he views Shaw's beliefs. Thanks for helping me approach it from a different point of view.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem... I'm just saying, that was how the film struck me, the first time I watched it.
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cresent34 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Just got back from a triple-feature, including Prometheus, which I intend to write about in a later journal entry.

As for my initial impressions re: Prometheus, the art direction's solid (as to be expected from a Ridley Scott directed-feature), but the acting's a bit all over the place, and the plot sometimes seems to wander about. But, mostly, I agree that the whole 'space jockey' reveal is a bit of a letdown.
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Em i should have proof read my last message sorry, you can read the better grammer version on my new Journal entry lol. Really like your review.
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ok let me first say I liked the film, I loved it as soon as I left the cinema, but later on I started to remember things about it. It’s what I call Phantom Menace syndrome, you think it’s the coolest thing ever then when you look back on it you remember the faults of the movie. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying this is The Phantom Menace I like this movie. One of the things I liked about it was you of the things you didn’t. I really like and understand why they went with the look the space jockeys had. They are basically supermen, gods and we have been created in their image. This enforces my theory why they are so hostile to us. We come to their top secret bio weapons facility speak their language to them the one who created use and display to them an android a new form of life that we have created in own image. The space jockey having a god complex sees this as blasphemy and crushes these upstart puny humans. (One guy I heard saying the space jockey wasn’t going to destroy the human race but genetically re-write it with that black stuff. Don’t know how much of that to take on bored because he seemed to be a bit of a scientology nutter. ) Really like that idea, of travelling across space to find basically god that disproves all human philosophy, has the secret of human existence and it turns out he hates you and thinks you deserve to die. This kind of reminds me of Arthurs C Clarkes novel “Rendezvous with Rama”.

I don’t get all the hate that this movie is getting, maybe the movie was too hyped, maybe people didn’t get how this movie would lead into “Alien” so are therefore directly comparing it to “Alien”. Well that’s because it doesn’t “Alien” is set on LV-436 “Prometheus” is set on LV-223 a completely different planet. Which makes to final scene just fan serves but I can see how people got confused. And when you think about it the space jockey they find in alien he’s fossilized, which would mean what ever happened was way before the evens of Prometheus. So this means there are going to more movies before anything is explained about to LV-436.

Ok what in didn’t like about the film. Well I though a lot of the characters were a bit under developed I would have like to have spent more time with them to get more of a sense of what they were about. I don’t know maybe the movie was chopped down for time and there will be more on the director’s cut on the DVD, but I found the characters from Alien more memorable even though we didn’t really go into their back stories. Also there are the decisions that these characters make that I hate to say it got on my nerves. The scene where the two scientists come across that penis snake alien. Why is he not running a way? Why is he trying to touch it? The guy was shitting himself with fear ten minutes ago when the captain told him there was a non-descript life form on the other side of the ship. I hate it when characters in horror movies do something that no one in their right mind would ever do. But I have to say his death scene was really good. I haven’t freaked out that much since I watched the “Shinning”. The next scene was where the Prometheus (the spaceship) is going to crash into the space jockey ship and Charlize Theron goes to the escape pods. Why does she go to the escape pods when she has a life boat that can fly and has everything she needs? And why does the lifeboat eject anyway when her escape pod is ejected? You could argue that if she used the life boat the giant facehugger would have killed her because she doesn’t how about it. But she dies anyway getting crushed by the space jockey ship so it doesn’t make scene even if they were doing it for plot convenience. And the other scene I didn’t get was with the two scientists that get attack by the penis pythons. The one with the ginger Mohawk is responsible for mapping the entire dome that they are in. How is he lost? The guy with the map is the one that gets lost, I really want someone to correct me if there was some key bit of info that I missed. That would make me happy because I do like this film but I want to love it. Help me love it lol.

I think the problems with the film are because of the writing. You have to realise is that this movie has been written and re-written for the last 10 years, and the script that they went with was a script by Jon Spaihts re-written by Damon Lindelof. So I think it’s a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. I’m going to re-watch this film as soon as my friend come back from Edinburgh, which is kind of why I’m writing this because I’ve got no one to talk to about it. Lol But I will try and see if there wasn’t anything I missed, that and I want to see it again because I did enjoy it. Hopefully there will be more in the Director’s cut and the sequel will make up for the miss steps and quite being a cock tease about the space jockey origins. Lol Anyway let me know what you think and what you know that I may not know. :)
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Two thoughts spring to mind after reading your review:

1.) Funny you would read those "God hates us" theories into it... I read this movie in an almost exactly opposite way. Perhaps because I am a Christian myself so I interpreted it from a spiritual viewpoint.

This film presents us with a Christian woman whose personal safety (and soul) was most threatened, during that stretch of the movie when she was not wearing her cross (symbol of her faith in God). Soon as she took it off, she started losing, soon as she put it back on, she started winning again. Which has been very much the situation I've experienced in my own life, regarding my own faith.

And one of my favorite lines was, "Yeah but what created them?" - meaning, no matter how "superior" they appeared, the alien Engineers were just another flawed race, no better or worse than humans, just different.

Add all this up - it's another argument for Prometheus being a genuinely great movie. Because I can interpret it my way and you can interpret it your way. All the best works of art are like that, where they deliver thought-provoking concepts for the audience to play with and interpret individually.

And...

(2.) ...On a final note, I happen to like Prometheus AND The Phantom Menace! Haha.
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well as a matter of fact I’m Christian too. I didn’t mean to say God hates us I meant to say I saw it as an atheistic/nihilistic philosophy that a lot of people have, that if god exists he is ashamed of us and hates use as though we were a mistake. I do not believe this myself this was just what I thought the metaphor of the movie was about. But maybe I’m wrong or maybe we are both right.

And you do make a good point, which is what makes this film good not perfect but good. It is nice to see a film that produces a dialog with people, having people discuss different interpretations and different theories. One movie that comes to mind that did a similar thing was 2001 a space odyssey. Yeh it is kind of frustrating that I didn’t get all the answers that I wanted but I can sort of respect it for not tying everything up into a nice neat bow.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh okay, I didn't get that from your review. Sorry if I jumped to conclusions or made unfair assumptions of your faith. You have my apologies.

Yes it is great to see a movie that has some ambiguity, and leaves itself open to interpretation. I love that in a movie and as you say, so few movies do that anymore.
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savagehenry89 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh its ok nice to find someone that also has a faith that isnt a screaming maniac or an athiest that is a screaming maniac lol. When it come to the whole science vs religion thing, i thing both sides should just agree to disagree and respect each others alternative view points. Its when either side starts shout their view point is the right one and everyone should follow it that they should be told to shut up. There is freedom of speach and telling the truth and then there is being a douche about it. Anyway lets talk about somthing fun like horror movie lol
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RalphNiese Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
the movie just shows that i'm a reading sloth - i need now to read that Lovecraft book/story!!

here's my bit for the conversation [link] :D hehe
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice piece of artwork there! I like the lighting and colors.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks for posting this, Bryan. I enjoyed the film, too. I thought that if, like with any work of art, the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then this beholder liked what the eye saw, the ear heard, and so on. If my dollar is a vote telling movie-makers what kinds of films I want to see, I'll vote for a film like this without a single hitch, perceived flaws and all, and I won't be sending a message to others to suggest it's not worth their time. :nod: It was cool!

I now echo the sentiments of others who said they're looking forward to some "Prometheus" tribute art from you. :thumbsup:
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool to hear you enjoyed the movie... I loved it too!
You are the second person to suggest that I do some tribute art to this amazing movie... I would really like to.
But that might need to wait until I have Prometheus on BluRay and can look close at specific scenes.
But then, my inspiration is very unpredictable.
You never know, I might just wake up one of these mornings with a Prometheus image in my head that I must draw immediately, and I'll just have to wing it on the reference. haha. Time will tell.
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Inferna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Oh and btw, fingers crossed for some fanart from you! Maybe that scene where our heroine is being chased by the big scary space jockey >:3
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Inferna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I agree the look of the film was absolutely awesome. Loved how it looked, the designs of the engineers was epic as well as their ship and suits. I just didn't like the derp moments some of the scientists have...if something is standing up and hissing at you stay the hell away from it XD
I think Michael Fassbender was my favourite in all of it :)
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Rinkusu001 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
I just saw it with my boyfriend... and we absolutely loved it. Definitely the best Alien movie since Aliens, and one of the greatest Sci-Fi films I have ever seen. Now I've finally read your review and I absolutely agree with you.
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Capstain259 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
i am just looking at the opening sentances to avoid spoilers, and i am happy to heay you, doubtlessly my main man of horror, saying this is so good. i have been hoping for this movie to be good, but i have been on my gaurd because, in my opinion, Ridley Scott has had an awful last decade. however, i will watch this movie, and it is reassuring to know that someone i know has good taste in horror liked it. however, i have been known to be one of the picky hipsters, so we will have to see.
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mayec Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Loved this review. I mostly agree with it, from the very unobjective position of having worked on its VFX. Good to see that, in the midst of the hipster-bred shit storm of disappointed reviews that, very unfairly, go as far as calling this film "awful" (which it is not, by far, no matter how imperfect anyone can find it), a true Alien fan takes a good look at the thing and enjoys it, just like me and many of my friends and colleagues.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey!

Glad you liked my review. Yeah, I have never been able to understand the modern hipster-geek mentality. I basically just love movies and love to go to the movies and have fun. And after I have a fun time watching a cool movie at the theater, I tend to go home feeling totally jazzed and creatively inspired.

So I am always shocked and a little dismayed the next day, when I start hearing people ragging on a film that made me feel so good. I really can't understand that mentality, of someone who goes to the movies - supposedly to have a good time - and then spends the following weeks bitterly scrutinizing and agonizing over every little detail that "didn't work for them".

I don't know if this attitude is a byproduct of the internet, or 21st Century "entitlement mentality" or what... But it's become increasingly commonplace since the 1990's, and I find it completely baffling, and actually, rather sad. Hipster geeks need to admit that no movie will ever be good enough to satisfy them... and seek out another passtime.

Thank you for commenting! It's cool to hear from someone who worked on the film! I work in TV animation myself, as a storyboard artist on the CGI-animated show "Transformers: Prime". Now before you start groaning - I realize Michael Bay's live action films have given "Transformers" a bad name, but check it out if you get a chance. In my very unobjective opinion, the quality of our show (in terms of story and visuals) puts the live action movies to shame. haha.
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mayec Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Very right. When watching a movie, I can almost hear those people thinking out loud about what they can pick on and criticize to appear as the smartest and brightest, rather than just enjoy the thing.

I have to say that after studying cinema and creating my short films,besides working in major features, I am much more benevolent with movies, since I know how extremely hard, complicated and chaotic the creation of a film is. I can also see more clearly some of the flaws of any movie, and understand why this or that doesn't work, but I'd rather focus on the strengths and what was original or done right, and if something grabs me, I just let it carry me and enjoy it.

I definitely have to check out "Transformers: Prime"! I've been reading about it for a while, in David Hartman's deviantArt posts, whom I also follow, but had no idea that you were also working on it.

Thanks to you for the reply! I've been following you and enjoying your horror-loving art for quite some time now, so it's very nice to finally get to chat like this, and it's also great to find out that you also work in the TV/Film trade!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The Prometheus haters are unbelievable. When geeks start trashing a movie of this quality, that's when it seems like phony posturing to me. I think a lot of this is just naked, transparent inferiority complex. People who have a creative urge but who have accomplished nothing, sometimes feel a need to prove to the world how smart they are, or "how much they know" about art & storytelling, by being "unimpressed" with a work of entertainment.

Their subconscious thought process is:

"If the rest of the world thinks a movie is cool - but I can pick out its flaws - then they will see how enlightened I am about the subtleties of art and storytelling. Then I will feel better about the fact that I describe myself as a creative person, even though I haven't created anything worthy of note."

And yes, you bring up a good point - there are endless factors to creating a work like this, which the geek fan-critics know nothing about.

If a movie director makes a creative choice that "didn't work for you" - it might not be simply because he is stupid/ bad at his job/ being mean to you personally... it might have more to do with the fact that a director spends most of his day trying to wrangle 500 people, and being bombarded with questions. He squeezes in most of his "creative decision-making" at the end of the day, when he's finally alone and able to think - like during his drive home from the studio or before going to bed at night.

Even from my limited experience in the tiny little world of TV Animation I have learned that being a "director" is less about being "the singular visionary author of a work" - and more about being a "manager of people and time". There are a million things that can go wrong to screw up your "creative vision", while you are juggling all those other managerial concerns.

Haha, funny you watch Dave too... He and I have been friends since we were like 18 years old. We went to art college together, became best friends, spent years drawing monsters and horror comics together, and finally found our way into the animation business together. Our houses are about 10 minutes away from each other and we have kept working together on numerous shows, for about 10 years now. He's like family to me.
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MagneticHeat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Just got back from it....blow my mind. It was great!
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional
Well said man, all around.
It oozes equal parts intelligence, creativity, and craft.
LOVED IT.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ha, glad you liked the movie and my review!
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DTWX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
"Big Things have Small Beginnings." 8-)
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frostybiggens Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
the ending of Prometheus kind of disregards James Cameron's "Aliens" IMO, Ridley Scott went back to the whole "The aliens were bread by the Space Jockeys as bio weapons" as appose to Cameron's film which portrayed them more like insects where they have a Queen who reproduces A-Sexually and have a hive of thousands of them (the more simple route)

Me and my friend speculated that creature at the ending was the Beta/Original Xenomorph who later evolves into the aliens we all know and love
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mayec Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yes, it looks like a primitive proto-xenomorph, that would then evolve into the perfected killing-machines that are the xenomorphs. I would add that the giant tentacled thing that plants the proto-xenomorph could itself be a proto-facehugger. Clumsy and primitive, evolve it to improve in size for efficiency and speed, and the tentacles into hard grasping legs, and you have a much more evolved and adapted-to-purpose face-hugger.
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Randal-L Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just got back from it. I thought it was amazing.
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DarkHunter1357 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it was awesome.
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Petzrick Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You expressed this so well. I totally agree with you, and I especially like how you described the hipster mentality. One negative aspect of the Internet is the preponderance of arm-chair critics. From the blogger to the paid professional website critic, it seems to boil down to unbound group think. It's a shame.

More importantly, Prometheus was absolutely amazing, beautiful, and epic beyond words. I'm also a die hard and obsessed Alien fan and I've been waiting for this for two years... completely satisfied! You nailed all the big stuff in what you wrote. The only aspect I'd add is the music. Obviously Jerry Goldsmith has passed away and it's not possible to one up him. That being said, the composer for Prometheus did a very good job and I sensed a lot of subtle homage to Goldsmith's work (even sneaking the actual "hypersleep" cue in there).

I've got to see (and hear) it again!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I edited this Journal to add in my comments on the musical score - thanks for catching my oversight! The music is definitely worth mentioning!
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Chickfighter Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I shall ramble no doubt as I always do in reply posts like this. Firstly, I enjoyed the movie. It was visually stunning. There were some wonderful sequences, particularly I thought the opening of the film although I didn't feel I ever got entirely connected back to what had happened there. The performances were generally excellent. And yes, the self-surgery scene was quite intense.

However, all that said, there was much about the movie that had me shaking my head. I'm even a person who reads comics and has no problems rolling with the occasional logic jump to further a plot. But there were some in this film that were too big for me. Perhaps I am holding this movie to a higher standard than I would a simple space opera yarn because the movie seemed to be going for more than that. Frankly I would have been fine with a pure space opera yarn and less worry about some existential questions considering the origin of man and that of his creator.

This crew made as many or more stupid decisions than the crew in the first "Alien." I could give the crew of a freighter that happened on something a little slack. They were out of their range of expertise as it were. This crew is supposedly there precisely for the purpose of exploring and making contact. I was generally appalled by their relative lack of precautionary protocols.

I was completely mystified by the point and intent of David's (the replicant or whatever) actions in many cases to the point of being pretty sure I'm missing something entirely. Perhaps others can help me. I surmised he was working directly for the old man from fairly early on, but were his efforts to seemingly propagate the alien bioweapon supposedly a result of his having developed some motivating agenda all his own. If so, I just didn't get it, nor the point of the Lawrence of Arabia reference, except as foreshadowing to Elizabeth's struggles in regards to the trick being not to mind the pain. In particular I didn't follow the point of "infecting" Charlie. A simple genetic experiment?

Okay, then I was little mystified that no one was around to stop Elizabeth after she got away from the two crew members sent to put her in stasis. It was a fun scene, but I had trouble buying that David wasn't paying more attention since he seemed to be the one intent of having an infected subject for whatever reason.

Okay, now to the plot mechanics. How was David able to radio communicate without a helmet or suit attached during the last sequence? Okay, yes, I realized there were multiple ships, so why did the awakened alien not awaken the others, particularly after the crash? Elizabeth certainly presented no immediate threat requiring him to come after her. That just seemed really odd other than to provide her a chance to turn his own weapon loose on him which, don't get me wrong, was a nice turn.

And that leads me to this. It seemed like the reason for seeking out and taking a ship full of bioweapon to the home world of the aliens would be to justifiably wipe them out rather than to ask why? I can guess at why? Some liberals on the aliens home world got control of the government back from the conservatives and decided to shut down all military bioweapons projects, including test subjects. Fortunately for us funding was cut before they could finish or something.

Finally, despite the fact that Rapace gave an excellent performance I just wasn't particularly crazy about her as the heroine Elizabeth. I know I'm in a minority here, but could a non-believer be the hero sometime? For that matter I could have easily seen the Meredith Vickers character developed more to become the heroine who during the course of the movie comes to see the need to keep these creatures from earth no matter what.

Okay, I went long and obviously there's a lot of personal opinion here. In the end I found the movie enjoyable enough, but a bit too much a head-shaking mess at times for me to be in love with it. I think it could have gone for a little less and had a little more coherence and punch to it. If anyone can answer some of my questions and set me straight on things I missed please do. I just saw the movie a few hours ago and maybe some of it went right over my head or crashed and burned into it. ;)
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OtisFrampton Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
It is explicitly presented in the film (via one of the ship's graphical interfaces, I noticed it as thought "wait..WHAT?") that this is not the same planet as shown in "Alien" and "Aliens". The planet we see in "Prometheus" is LV-322, not LV-426.

The fact that the space jockey is still in the pilot's seat in "Alien" also tells us that this is not the same planet or ship.

"Prometheus" raised a lot of interesting questions simply with these two elements, IMHO.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I was 99.9% sure that was the case. I only left my review open-ended, and said "may not be the same planet/ship, etc..." because I've only seen the film once and want to see it again to make sure my first impression was correct.

I did notice those code numbers. In the moment, I wondered if I had possibly misunderstood their significance, or if they were possibly subject to change. But yes I agree - ultimately, the fact that the Jockey never got back in the pilot seat was the biggest indicator of all.

Personally I thought making it a different planet/ derelict ship was a clever strategy. It frees up this film to roam wherever it wanted, without risking any continuity error or violation of the original film. By the way nice to hear from you after so long.
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jasinmartin Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional
Yeah, it's crazy... you have the space jockey, the burst chest, the crashed ship... all the elements, but different :)
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mayec Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
In defense of this theory, I would also add that the crashed alien ship in Prometheus lands completely flat on the very flat ground of the valley, whereas the one in Alien was stuck at an angle, almost sideways, in a rocky/hilly ground, which supports that it is not the same ship, and then probably not the same planet.
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TMNTFAN85 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hrm. might not see it...aliens scared the shit outta me...

heard the sequal will focus more on aliens...
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