Alien Covenant : movie review (spoiler free)
For most of us, Prometheus left a bad taste. It was a brilliant concept but failed to chime in with the fans of the Alien universe. To right those wrongs, and bring what the fans wanted (read, ‘Xenomorph’), Ridley Scott returns back after 5 years to continue the story he told in Prometheus but bringing it back into the familiar Alien-esque fold.
The movie boasts a stellar cast with many more guest appearance thrown in. It starts with a flashback where David (the synthetic in Prometheus) is discussing his creation with his father (Peter Wayland played by Guy Pearce). Cut to the current storyline we are aboard a ship called Covenant carrying a crew, colonists and embryos bound for a planet called Orgi – 6 where they would be setting up a human colony. They are awakened from their hibernation sleep by some chain of events which leads them to find another planet in a system close by, that is very much suitable to live on. Going by the typical space-mystery-soap-opera formula they decide to throw their own plans out and divert course to the new one. Upon reaching they find that the world is very similar to Earth – having mountains, water bodies and forests. But there is a much bigger secret hiding in the forests of this planet.
A spaceship, a civilisation and familiar faces return in a crazy narrative involving different growth stages (or maybe evolution stages of Xenomorph thrown in) to bring this back on track with the Alien universe. By the end of third act, we have a Xenomorph ready to scare the crap out of unsuspecting humans and devour them in a manner that can be only created by Ridley Scott.
This movie is monumental not only in terms of storytelling and world-building but also in character growth. Micheal Fassbender as the synthetic Walter/David literally owns the entire movie. He can be termed as the main actor with the Xenomorph coming in at second. Rest other members of the crew, although having good enough time to develop their characters and intentions, are merely fodder. Katherine Waterson’s character which rises up to challenge the Alien Xenomorph although does remind of the Ripley’s sequences from the original movies.
The trailers have done well to reveal a lot less in terms of what to expect from the movie. The storytelling goes well till the intermission, is a bit jarring in the middle when characters come to terms with what actually is happening on the mystery planet, and a powerful final act gives a satisfying feeling to the fans looking for Alien action. Nonetheless, the movie ends with a twist and leaves ends open for the next sequel.
Ridley Scott has very much redeemed himself from the shock he delivered in Prometheus, and now we can look forward to getting back in the Alien cannon with more movies that further explore the plotline. It simply shows that the he has invested a lot in the production value of each set piece, props and costumes as well. The CGI on the Xenomorphs is also brilliant with many sequences reminding of the original movies. This could be easily termed as one of the best movies of the Alien saga.
Would recommend to catch it in theatres for all the beautiful-yet-eerie cinematography, edge-of-the-seat action sequences and space panoramas.
Men of Comics Ratings: (4 / 5)
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