Larry Lachmannsaid on Sunday, October 21, 2012 8:12:29 AMIt seems that people either love or hate Prometheus. I went to see it three times in the theater, (once in Imax).. That may be overkill, but I'm definitely glad I saw it at least the second time, as it cleared a couple of things up for me that I hadn't thought about or even quite noticed the first time. It seems a lot of todays moviegoers don't like to invest much thought or concentration into their sci fi movies. I don't get it. I love that it wasn't an "easy" movie, or that maybe it didn't completely make sense in spots.. I'm also glad that they green lit a sequel. I was worried that this was all we'd get! Bravo Ridley Scott!
Alsaid on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 3:28:46 PMWhoever thought Prometheus sucked is a complete moron. Loved that flick.
Randy Cleemsaid on Sunday, October 14, 2012 6:53:06 PMWhich is the bigger puzzle: How people found this movie lacking, or why I even wonder why people who think something like the Transformers is the standard for good sci-fi would not get a single profound point made by the masterpiece Prometheus. I liked you before Richard and your honesty over this movie confirms your the new kind of reviews.
Jailhouse McGeesaid on Friday, October 12, 2012 2:17:26 AMHey,
some people may have broken up with you over your prometheus review, but you also won some fans. I loved the movie for the same reasons as you, and I am still thinking about it. Even more, all my friends liked it, and people who were really into scinece fiction loved it. "The best sci-fi movie in years" it was called, and comparisons to "2001" and the works of H.P. Lovecraft were raised.
I appreciate your work,sincerely,
Gregory Gardunosaid on Thursday, October 11, 2012 4:26:42 PMRichard,
Put me in the "positive" camp for Prometheus. I too believe it is a brilliant piece of filmmaking. I've always been a fan of movies that ask deep questions, and don't provide all the answers. There is a mystery to this movie that we haven't seen in a long time in the sci-fi genre (another one of my favorites is "Forbidden Planet"-another film full of questions).
We live in a cinematic world of sequels and comic book adaptations. Many viewers want brainless entertainment, complete with explosions and sarcastic one-liners. Few directors or writers bother with tickling the brains of the people in the seats; it's all about sensory overload.
Sure, Ridley Scott uses big explosions and CGI, but it's all in the service of a story that isn't laid out like a children's book. It's about multiple things: human avarice, the lust for immortality, and the desire to know where humanity came from.
"Prometheus" tell us in no uncertain terms what Socrates knew so well 2400 years ago: that there is a whole universe out there full of what WE DON'T KNOW. A mere few hundred years of human scientific advancement isn't nearly enough to close the gap.