Prometheus – Movie Review

I have been looking forward to this movie for so long. When I first heard Ridley Scott was planning on making a prequel to Alien I decided it was about time for me to watch it and unsurprisingly it blew my mind, after that I was desperate to see this movie. After viewing the first teaser trailer for Prometheus I was so impressed and I was anticipating it even more, now if you think they showed us too much in the trailer and gave away most of the plot, that’s because they did.

Prometheus centres on a group of explorers that travel to a distant planet in an attempt to find who created the human race. While there they manages to cause disturbances that put the fait of the human race out of their hands and it is their job to stop the race from falling.

Your first impressions of this movie will be how utterly beautiful it is, from the Scottish highlands to the inside of Prometheus this movie never fails to look stunning in every frame. The visuals of this movie causes it to become so immersive which really helps bring you into the universe. It’s just a shame that the look of this film couldn’t help you from ignoring all its other failings.

When talking about the acting in this movie it is a very mixed bag. Let’s start with the phenomenal, as always, Michael Fassbender, he absolutely carries this film; his portrayal of android David is Oscar worthy. It’s a great shame the same can’t be said about the rest of the cast, Noomi Rapace along with others are just remotely average but the worse acting in the film came from British actor Rafe Spall. I watched Pete Versus Life (Channel 4 sitcom starring Spall) and automatically noticed that Spall was a horrendous actor, he was bad in a comedic role but was even worse in Prometheus. Not only was his performance laughable it was just down right cringing, it didn’t help that the script created for that character was just silly.

The crew of Prometheus is far greater than that of Alien and that is possibly it’s biggest failing. Prometheus has a total crew of seventeen people, if you think that sounds too many, thats because it is. You don’t get involved with the characters and really don’t care about them when they start dropping like flies. Even with the characters that got the most screen time and the most development it still wasn’t enough for me to remotely care when fatality struck. All the characters in the movie were so one dimensional with extremely poor development.

Now I know there have been a lot of unfair comparisons to Alien but this is a prequel to the greatest sci-fi horror of all time and making a prequel that lives up to the original is a near impossible challenge, unfortunately Scott doesn’t manage to do it. Alien was so groundbreaking at the time of its release so it is kind of unfair to compare the two but it needs to be done. The thing that made Alien so amazing was how simple it was, mixed with the long nervous silent scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat through the whole movie, unfortunately Prometheus had absolutely none of these. This movie wasn’t scary at all there were no suspenseful scenes keeping me on the edge of my seat. I feel as though Scott attempted to take on way to much which caused the movie to become very muddled with it not knowing what story it was trying to tell.

I know it sounds like I am bashing on the movie but I did actually like it, yes I was hugely disappointed but that doesn’t make it a bad movie. I would recommend this to any fans of Alien just so they can give their own opinion on it, I know people who love it and people who hate it and I’m in the middle. Prometheus is predictable, messy and not the prequel I wanted but it my be the one you did.

7/10

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New ‘Prometheus’ Trailer

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming Ridley Scott movie Prometheus at WonderCon in California. Prometheus is said to be set in the same universe as the Alien movies but there are many rumours that it is a direct prequel to the Alien movies. Prometheus centres on a group of explorers who are taken to a distant planet by a clue to the birth of humanity, on this planet they find out that the whole human race could be in danger, it is their job to stop it. Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, Noomi Repace, Guy Pearce and Charlize Theron who are all astonishing actors and can’t wait to see them in their roles. You can watch Prometheus in cinemas on 1st June (UK) and 8th June (USA) and check out the new awesome trailer below.

What do you think of the new, full trailer? It’s insane right? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below, thank you again for reading.

Buy A Blu-Ray A Week – UK

Blu-Rays To BUY

The Help – I loved this film, I thought it tackled a difficult subject but was fulfilled astonishingly. The acting in The Help is absolutely astounding, with phenomenal performances from, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain. The Help does have many flaws but that doesn’t stop it being a beautiful little story filled with amazing acting. This is a great watch that can be viewed by the whole family and it is definitely worth your time.

This Is England 88′ – In my eyes this is one of the greatest British television series that has been produced in years, it is absolutely phenomenal. This Is England 88′ is a spin-off from the brilliant movie This Is England, the series still focuses on just as dark troubling issues as the film, varying from racism, to rape, to suicide. These dark issues are what make this show such an intriguing drama along with the breathtaking acting from young British actors that I wish we could see in many more films. This Is England 88′ may not be for everyone as it does focus on some dark issues but it really is a great 1980’s drama that everyone should at least give ago.

My Week With Marilyn – Another brilliant Oscar worthy film is released this week in the UK. My Week With Marilyn is a light charming affair that centres on the multitalented woman Marilyn Monroe. This film is worth a watch just see the great performances from Kenneth Branagh and Michelle Williams. The film does feel a little puny compared the the astounding performance Williams delivers. If you are a Monroe fan this film is right up your ally but even if you aren’t this film is still worth your time, just for the astonishing acting and the interesting subject matter.

Jane Eyre – Yes, this is another take on the classic tale Jane Eyre, but this one is actually pretty good. This is yet another film this week that has absolutely brilliant acting throughout, Mia Wasikowska delivers her finest performance yet, I think it can safely be said that she makes a better Jane than Alice. Jane Eyre is over ally an extremely well made movie with great costume design, amazing acting and obviously a classically astonishing story. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone obviously as it isn’t everyones cup of tea, but if you are into classic romance dramas this is definitely one for you to check out.

Bly-Rays To AVOID

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – I don’t mean to offend anyone who is a Twihard fan but this film is poor, very very poor. This is by far the worst of the Twilight Saga, with the acting being the worst yet and the disturbed storyline not really suitable for its younger audience. If you are a fan of this series you my enjoy this film but if this is the first one of the series you have seen then you will leave feeling extremely disturbed and have no idea what is going on. The only people I would recommend this to is delusional teenage girls that love this series just for Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. 

Straw Dogs (2011) – This is a prime example of needless remakes that should have been left alone and never touched by Hollywood. Straw Dogs isn’t necessarily a badly made movie it just feels like the same movie we saw forty years ago just a lot worse and slightly less offensive. This film just feels lazy and I don’t recommend this to anyone, especially if you are a big fan of the original.

All of the films about are released on Monday 12th March so you can pick up the ones you want tomorrow. So what are you picking up this week? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that like and follow button.

‘Prometheus’ Does TED Talks!

Today the viral marketing campaign for Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie Prometheus. A TED talk has been released with Guy Pearce talking about stuff but it is awesome. Prometheus centres on a group of explorers who are driven to a planet by a clue on how the human race was formed but it ends up with the human race being in extreme danger. Prometheus stars Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Repace and Idris Elba. I can’t wait for this film, there is a lot of doubt surrounding whether this film is a prequel or sequel to Alien, Ridley Scott said that it is just set in the same universe. Prometheus hits theatres on 1st June (UK) and 8th June (USA) an you can check out the promo video below.

What do you think? Awesome right? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks again for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit the like and follow button to show me some love.

BAFTA 2012: Winners

 

Best Film

 

The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Film Not in the English Language

 

Incendies
Pina
Potiche
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

 

Outstanding British Film

 

My Week with Marilyn
Senna
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin

 

Director

 

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay

 

Original Screenplay

 

The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Guard
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris

 

Adapted Screenplay

 

The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Cinematography

 

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

 

Editing

 

The Artist
Drive
Hugo
Senna
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy

 

Production Design

 

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

 

Make Up & Hair

 

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
The Iron Lady
My Week with Marilyn

 

Costume Design

 

The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
My Week with Marilyn
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Special Visual Effects

 

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
War Horse

 

Documentary

 

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna

 

Sound

 

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

 

Original Music

 

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

Animated Film

 

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas
Rango

 

Leading Actor

 

Brad Pitt (Billy Beane) – Moneyball
Gary Oldman (George Smiley) – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney (Matt King) – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin (George Valentin) – The Artist
Michael Fassbender (Brandon) – Shame

 

Leading Actress

 

Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller) – The Artist
Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams (Marilyn Monroe) – My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton (Eva) – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark) – The Help

 

Supporting Actor

 

Christopher Plummer (Hal) – Beginners
Jim Broadbent (Denis Thatcher) – The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill (Peter Brand) – Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh (Sir Laurence Olivier) – My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Paul Zara) – The Ides of March

 

Supporting Actress

 

Carey Mulligan (Irene) – Drive
Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote) – The Help
Judi Dench (Dame Sybil Thorndike) – My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy (Megan) – Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson) – The Help

 

What do you think of the winners? Are you glad The Artist won so many? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for reading.

BAFTA’s 2012 Predictions

The BAFTA’s are taking place this Sunday at 9pm (GMT) on BBC1 hosted by the brilliant Stephen Fry. As the BAFTA’s are fast approaching I thought I would just do a quick run through of who I think will win and who I would like to win. Now on Sunday I will be doing a live text stream of the BAFTA’s so that all you lot from around the world can see who wins at the same time as me. So lets get the predictions underway, but I am bound to get some wrong obviously.

Best Film

The Artist – I think it will be The Artist will win it just because of its uniqueness and because of how loved it was by the critics as the best and only silent movie in that last 80 years. It is most definitely between this and The Descendants but i feel The Artist may just win it.
The Descendants
Drive – I would very much like Drive to win as it was my second favourite movie of 2011 and also as it has only been nominated for one Academy Award I would like it to pick up as many awards as possible at the BAFTA’s. I just don’t think it will win because everyone loves The Artist. 
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Outstanding British Film

My Week with Marilyn
Senna – I would really really like Senna to win it seeing it was a damn good film, it is one of the best documentaries I have seen and I think it deserves to be recognised but I know it won’t win and it will win best documentary instead.
Shame
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – I would say its pretty obvious that Tinker Tailor should win as it is the only film in the category that is also nominated for best picture  so on that basis I think it will win, plus it was a bloody good film.
We Need to Talk About Kevin

Director

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius – I reckon yet again that The Artist will win it, I really hope it doesn’t take most of the awards it was nominated for because I hate it when films do that and it also wasn’t a good enough film to win so many awards.
Drive – Nicolas Winding Refn – Yet again I would really like Drive to win this one as it was beautifully directed and it deserves a lot more credit than it is getting at the moment.
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Tomas Alfredson
We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lynne Ramsay

Animated Film

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Arthur Christmas – I reckon Arthur Christmas will win and I want it to win, it was pure brilliance. The only reason I don’t think it will win is because it is a Christmas movie but BAFTA can’t stop clearly the best film winning just because it centres around Christmas. `
Rango 

Documentary

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Project Nim
Senna – I reckon it will be and hope it is Senna that takes best documentary. It has to be the documentary that takes it seeing it was also nominated for best British film. This was by far the best documentary of the year and I can easily see it winning.

Leading Actor

Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Gary Oldman  – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – I think Gary Oldman has a very high chance of winning this award because he is long overdue a BAFTA and he is British, I really really want him to win and will be gutted if he doesn’t but it will be very close in the category between Oldman, Clooney and Dujardin and I can see any of them three winning it.
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Michael Fassbender – Shame

Leading Actress

Bérénice Bejo  – The Artist
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady – I reckon Meryl Streep will win and deserves to win, I do want her to win the most out of everyone seeing she deserves it for her brilliant performance as Thatcher, but I would also like to see Viola Davis take the award home.
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis – The Help

Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners – I think Christopher Plummer will and should win this award for his astonishing actin in Beginners for which he received a lot of praise and giving him this award would be the credit he so rightfully deserves.
Jim Broadbent – The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Ides of March

Supporting Actress

Carey Mulligan – Drive – I reckon Carey Mulligan would win it which I wouldn’t mind as I did love Drive but I just feel that Melissa McCarthy is more deserving of the award.
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Judi Dench – My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids – I would really like Melissa McCarthy to take this award as she was hilarious in her role as Megan in Bridesmaids and she really needs to recognised for her hilarious role.
Octavia Spencer – The Help

As you have noticed I have only really done the main categories as they are the ones people only usually care about. Anyway, who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks again for reading.

New ‘Prometheus’ Image

A new image was released today from Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie Prometheus; it is said to be a prequel to the amazing 1979 film Alien. Prometheus centres on a group of explores that travel to the distant ends of the universe which lead them to a clue about the creation of mankind; but could the future of the human race be at risk. Prometheus stars Noomi Repace, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron; they are all great actors/actresses and it is obvious that this film will be one of the best of the whole year and I can’t wait. Prometheus is set for a June 1st (UK) and June 8th (USA) release date. You can feast your eyes on the image below.

What do you think? Do you think this will be the rumoured Alien prequel? Please feel free to comment below. Thanks again for reading.