Of course, with such a big legacy behind it, Prometheus was always going to be a bit hit or miss, and right now opinion seems a bit divided up the middle, probably leaning more towards the disappointment end of the scale, if we’re completely honest. Here’s what I think:
People are disappointed in Prometheus (I actually enjoyed it), mainly because of the story’s plot holes. But if I were you, I wouldn’t put the blame on Scott – put it on Lindelof and Spaihts, the writers, and whoever was in charge of the cutting room floor. Also, the consensus seems to be hoping for a director’s cut, and I agree, I think maybe that would shut a lot of people up and if there’s more Prometheus to be seen, I welcome it with open arms.
The film was visually stimulating, it had suspense and elements we’ve all come to expect from previous Ridley Scott films (especially the Alien franchise), and what I really liked about Prometheus was the fact that it was able to stand out as its own film while still being connected to the Alien movies. But it left a lot of unanswered questions, and that’s the main reason a lot of fans are getting their panties in a twist.
The acting was also good. What really stood out for me was Michael Fassbender’s performance as ‘David’ the android, the closet thing Weyland will ever have to a son. The opening sequence with David going about his chores was fantastic, and really set the scene right from the start. David is inherently flawed, of course, and manages to be a) completely awesome and b) a total shithead with little to no regard for his crew mates. Noomi Rapace was also very believable, and Charlize Theron made a great ice queen. Her best part was near the end where the ice broke she had to run for her life.
Some people are arguing that a lot of the characters weren’t behaving in a realistic or logical way; I’d say that’s completely realistic, actually. Why? People are dumb. Well, they are, aren’t they? Especially in tense situations. Think you would react any better? Hmmm?
I think the directing was actually spot on, so don’t let Scott take the fall, here. Unrealistic dialogue? Plot holes? Unnatural transitions? If we’re playing the blame game, look to the writers and editors. Overall, it’s a good film, and I’m hoping there will be a director’s cut.