I don’t often talk about movies because I don’t watch many. However, I am a huge fan of the Alien franchise. So much so, I even enjoyed Prometheus!
So, what did The Grim Reader make of Alien Covenant?
Well, Alien Covenant looks to right what so many thought wrong with Prometheus. Does it? Well, a little, I guess. I honestly didn’t mind Prometheus, but I can understand diehards issues with it. Michael Fassbender returns as David/Walter, and really, it’s his movie. Fassbender is excellent as the android gone wrong, David, and as the newer version, Walter. The scenes with him in are excellent, even the slightly sexually charged early conversations between the two androids are seamless and engaging. The rest of the cast does a solid job and I found them a little more three-dimensional than the crew from Prometheus. They still do dumb human things, much like the previous movie, but not quite as often.
Similarly with its predecessor, Alien Covenant is truly stunning to look at; the space scenes are vast and epic, and the planet where they land once they intercept the signal is equally impressive. We also get to witness the fates of the engineers in a show-stopping scene that is particularly unsettling. The pacing is pretty good, with the first half really setting things up nicely for the carnage of the second half. The SFX are excellent and the gore is plentiful, brutal, and at times stomach-churning. There seems to be a large group of characters aboard the ship but before you know it, several of them have been ruthlessly killed!
Alien Covenant is quite a philosophical film, much like Prometheus. It questions our existence, our beliefs, faith and though it might come across to some viewers as being a little bit too much, I found it interesting and I enjoyed it a great deal. If there were a couple of complaints I’d have to say that there wasn’t really a lot of tension in the movie. The first Alien film was claustrophobic and scary whereas this movie might of benefited with some more of that, particularly towards the end. There are very few scares, the movie instead choosing to go straight for the jugular. Also, the storyline is very predictable and there is nothing in the way of surprise, which is a bit of a shame too.
Overall, I thought Alien Covenant was a better movie than Prometheus, it is more focussed and feels a lot more like an Alien movie. It isn’t perfect, not by a long stretch, and if you really think about it when it’s finished, there are a couple of silly plot holes that beggar belief why they weren’t picked up. Fassbender is really good and so is Katherine Waterston as Daniels. The movie looks great, and…its ALIEN!!!
3/5 xenomorphs from The Grim Reader.