I saw this on release day in the UK, but haven't had the Internet since then, so this is the first chance I've had to write about the film since then.
I thought this film was terrible. Nothing in the second half makes any sense, and the more rickety explanations, hypotheses and back-stories I've heard, the less sense everything makes. The script is absolutely laughable, and anyone who doesn't realise that would appear to lack any understanding of the principles of storytelling. It's a shame too, because the first hour was an excellent opening act and could have lead to something so much better. I agree with the consensus that the film "tries to do too much" which explains the vicissitudes of its logical collapse, but I also believe the fundamental thrust of the story is both completely implausible and extremely clichéd.
|Originally posted by GoSpeedGo! |
Yep, but again, this starts to make sense when you realize Prometheus is a homage to pulp sci-fi...
No it doesn't. Alien was a homage to pulp sci-fi. All of science fiction is a homage to other science fiction. Read up on the academic discourse surrounding the genre (I recommend Adam Roberts' book Science Fiction as a good primer). Being a homage or reference or postmodern reflection of something does not absolve Prometheus of its many, crippling flaws, it does not make it ironic and it does not add anything to the meaning of the film except on a meta-generic level, a level on which Prometheus is merely a fractal shard of the larger cultural force that is science fiction as a whole. The explanation you've quoted above is a mere bad film-student essay, seeking absolution in the ultimate escape pod of "postmodernism" and "irony".
Anyway, I'll be back to having no Internet in an hour, so don't put too much effort into your response.
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