Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Is A Gorgeous, Fascinating Muddle Of Ideas That Can't Stick The Landing

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 30, 2012 7:11 PM
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Ambition is a rare thing in movies these days, especially when it comes to summer blockbuster fare. There might be ambitions to blow up bigger things, or include more bad guys, or feature more stars, but in terms of real ambition -- telling big stories, about big subjects, on a huge canvas -- only a handful of filmmakers are really playing ball. Far more so than its predecessor "Alien," which is, after all, pretty much a haunted house designed to scare the living hell out of you, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has big ambitions. It wants to ask the big questions -- where do we come from? Why are we here? -- while also serving as a 3D, CGI-filled thrill ride.

And for much of the running time, it works, but eventually something has to give, and the film ends up with the two aims cancelling each other out, ending up as neither a thought-provoking "2001"-esque science-fiction epic, nor a rollicking horror-tinged tentpole. There's an awful lot to like, but it's not a film that coheres terribly well.

After a brief visually arresting prologue (which arguably answers many of the film's major questions, so we won't go into it here), we pick up on scientists Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Smith) making a find on the Isle of Skye of a cave painting of a tall, humanoid figure, pointing to a cluster of stars. Four years later, and they're on a spaceship on the way to them, having convinced elderly trillionaire Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) that he should fund an expedition to see if these creatures are still around, and if they're the source of life on earth.

Pulling the pursestrings is icy corporate type Meredith Vickers (Charlize Theron), while android David (Michael Fassbender) looks after her (and to a lesser extent, the crew). And also among the crew we've got the laidback captain, Janek (Idris Elba), prickly geologist Fifield (Sean Harris), nervy biologist Millburn (Rafe Spall), medical officer Ford (Kate Dickie), and pilots Chance (Emun Elliott) and Ravel (Benedict Wong). They land on the moon of LV-223, and soon find much, much more than they bargained for.

"Prometheus" is, for the first two-thirds of the film, very, very strong, it should be said, even if it has essentially lifted the entire structure from "Alien." Writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, along with a cast of mostly British character actors, have created a compelling crew who are a lot of fun to spend time, and (mostly) manage to sketch out people who are never merely archetypes. There's a genuine sense of awe -- thanks principally to some truly astonishing production design, both on the ship and off it, from Arthur Max -- and exactly the slowly creeping under-the-skin dread you'd want.

And once it really gets stuck into the meat of it, it's gloriously, admirably weird. There's imagery and themes in here that you'd never have thought would make it into a big studio tentpole in 2012 (don't expect the religious right to embrace this, for a number of reasons), and you'll be genuinely stunned at some of the twists it takes, and places it goes, culminating in a surgery scene that would give David Cronenberg a semi, and will surely rank among the most memorable movie moments of the years.

And then shortly afterwards, it derails in a fairly major way. Scott's blockbuster instincts seem to take over, and the third act is made up mostly of some pretty uninvolving action sequences or half-hearted reveals. One, for instance, heavily displayed in the trailer (think punch-ups in the hangar) seems to exist only because too much time has gone without blood being spilled; it has no real stakes, isn't terribly imaginatively executed, and is never referred to by the characters once it wraps up. It's like a scene from "Ghosts Of Mars" snuck into the print by accident. Furthermore, by trying to cram so much spectacle in at the last minute, it means that the ideas that the film touches on are never really followed up on, with most threads left dangling in a wince-inducing sequel-bait ending.

And it's a shame, because so much of the rest of it is so right. It's never less than visually stunning, with the 3D, at least in the IMAX screening we were at, very impressive if you like that kind of thing (we can take it or leave it, but it's as good as anything we've seen in the format). And Scott feels energized by his return to sci-fi; he seems more in command of the medium than with anything since "Gladiator." Across the board, every department, from costume to sound to music to effects, are turning in A-grade work.

And for the most part (Charlize Theron doesn't have many notes to play, and Guy Pearce's role is entirely extraneous, and could be removed from the film without much problem; neither is the fault of the actor), the cast are excellent. Rapace and Marshall-Green are a winning leading duo, really making you care about their characters. Elba doesn't get to stretch until quite late on, but has a lot of fun once he does, particularly in a unexpected, offbeat scene with Theron. And the smaller roles all live up to the examples set by Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton et al in "Alien," with Rafe Spall and Emun Elliot particular stand-outs.

Best of all, predictably, is Michael Fassbender. His android David is a curious creation, more Roy Batty than Ash, with a unique physicality, ever-shifting loyalties and a subtle inner life. The film's worth watching just for him, and it's another reminder, as if a reminder were needed, that Fassbender is one of the most exciting and versatile performers working today.

Those expecting "Prometheus" to reinvent the wheel will be disappointed: it's got too much on its mind, and not enough willingness to see those things through. But there are plnety of pleasures to be found in it, and if nothing else, it's a film entirely unlike anything else you'll see this summer. Just don't expect to walk out of it satisfied. [C+]

This is a review from the Playlist's UK correspondent, who saw the film this evening. The film opens there on June 1st, before hitting theaters in the U.S. on June 8th.

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61 Comments

  • Rock The Reactors | June 13, 2012 6:31 PMReply

    I just want to know when they took off their helmets after they discovered breathable air, why didn't they keep carrying them? Did they just leave their helmets lying around at the entrance, hoping they'd still be there on the way out? How freaking ridiculous is that? Wouldn't you want to hang on to them, just in case? It drove me nuts!

  • Nik Grape | June 13, 2012 9:53 AMReply

    Been on a bit of a movie hiatus but saw Prometheus last night and immediately needed to find out what you guys thought about it. Yep. It's a dissapointment. And I'm just angry at the marketing for this thing - making believe it was going to be this epic masterpiece and turning out to be nothing more than a generic sci fi flick. Gorgeous visuals and art direction not with standing, this was a huge huge let down..

  • Kate | June 11, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    I kind of feel bad for these reviewers who have to go watch a movie with such an analytical mindset. Its impossible to allow yourself to feel emerged in a movie when you can't stop critiquing it for ten seconds. Personally, I thought this movie rocked. Seriously amazing and I am so happy I don't have to watch great films like this and dump on it because it wasn't perfect. C+ really?? You are giving people the wrong idea my friend.

  • Chris | June 10, 2012 9:22 PMReply

    I honestly dont understand how a vague ending warrants a C+ grade after what was mostly a glowing review. And what confuses me even more is that most critics seem to have problems with the ending. I see nothing wrong with the ending. It was perfectly understandable, and it made ME at least excited for another movie. Tons of movies end with anticipation for a sequel to get some unanswered questions..answered.

    I wish I could unveil some spoilers in here, because it would make my point a lot easier to make lol but anyway, I understand hating when a movie asks a question in the beginning, and then it goes unanswered by the end, but that wasnt the case with this one. The ending questions that werent answered were only brought to light near the end anyway.

    I dont know. I just dont understand all of the critique of this movie in particular. Amazing performances. Amazing visuals. Amazing lore. Great philosophical questions that keep you wondering after you leave the theater. What else is there to ask of a great sci-fi film?

  • Jens | June 9, 2012 5:38 AMReply

    A beautifully written review and gives me a real idea of what I'm in for. Thanks Oliver!

  • Oscar | June 8, 2012 4:31 PMReply

    I really enjoyed this movie and found it satisfying. I love how it leaves us all wondering and wanting more, isn't that what makes movies fun and exciting?

  • Mia | June 8, 2012 9:41 AMReply

    I'm still looking forward to seeing it.

    Frankly, looking at the amount of hype before, I'm not sure any film could equal that.

  • JOHN MURRAY | June 8, 2012 9:04 AMReply

    I decided not to compare this to Alien and had low expectations having briefly glimpsed some of our more jaded film reviewers sniffy opinions on this film.

    I can't wait to see it again...

  • Simone | June 7, 2012 8:55 AMReply

    Prometheus is an incredible film. While it doesn't have the delicious dreadful intensity of Alien, this film stands on it's own with an original and intriguing plot about how human beings were created. The visuals are stunning, and the acting was great. The standout of course was Michael Fassbender... and Noomi Rapace was brilliant as well. I think people are being too harsh on the film, but those who love it are very satisfied. I hope a sequel is made due to the cliffhanger.

    4/5 www.fassinatingfassbender.com

  • Andre | June 6, 2012 3:47 PMReply

    Yeah, it falls short. It's so gorgeous and insanely addictive that it makes you want to cry, but as a tie–in to the Alien universe it's somewhat disappointing. Anyway, it's more of a B+. Please.

  • Lance | June 6, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    Well first of all a review is one person's opinion, and I wont slam on any reviewer, they are merely trying to help us. Second, how can someone argue a movie they have not seen yet.....this does not compute!!! Ridley Scott is a great director, that much we do know. No reviews on this film will stop me from seeing this.....and as for Alien....I knew zero about it when I viewed, and it still stands the test of time of being great sci fi horror. I will not compare this to alien as I dont expect alien.....lets see what happens, and Oliver your review was fine and well structered!!! THX

  • Kate | June 6, 2012 2:06 AMReply

    So, the major US reviews are starting to trickle in--not good, and this film probably won't light the box office on fire. Whose career takes a hit? Lindelof and Spaights? Rapace--many people are saying she's serviceable at best. Theron isn't having a great summer with either this film or SWATH. Fassbender and Elba seem to be the only people who could emerge completely unscathed. I'm hoping the Playlist or Anne Thompson will do some kind of breakdown on this stuff.

  • Come Again Kate? | June 9, 2012 4:52 AM

    Have to agree with Nathan on this Kate.

    Prometheus is smashing records left, right center, SWATH has been greenlit for a sequel, Rapace is a marvel in the film and Lindelof and Sphaits are being lauded like Roman Gods.
    What exactly is the problem?

  • Nathan Ligon | June 7, 2012 1:18 AM

    What world are you living in. This film is 75% Fresh on Rottentomatoes, a 66 on Metacritic (one of the highest of the year for Hollywood Production), Roger Ebert just gave it a perfect 4 stars (arguably the greatest film critic ever by most film critics), and I have already screened this twice and I believe that it is the best Sci Fi Film since Avatar. Also, maybe you missed it, but Snow White just opened as the 3rd best opening weekend of any movie all year. I'm sure Charlize Theron feels terrible and her career is in shambles. Also, Prometheus just won the top stop in all but one country it opened in last weekend. It helps to do a little more research before you open your digital mouth and put your foot in it.

  • Edward Davis | June 5, 2012 11:40 PMReply

    This review is far too kind...

  • Scott | June 5, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    I am expecting this to be a feast for the eyes while juggling numerous ideologies slowly building to a climax that is uncertain, unfinished and just the begining. With what looks to be some great performances and beautiful imagery accompanied by sound and anticipation, I think I will leave satisfied. Things we can't prove and dance around in this film don't need closure...that's for the sequel.

  • Mel | June 5, 2012 12:31 PMReply

    C+ really? This sounds like fan boy talk to me

  • Fred | June 1, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    Faboys like Marcus should know, even genre-favorite sites like Hitfix's (DrewMcWeeney) and Screencrush gave similar reviews to this one (and Movies.com on Twitter). All saying essentially: that it falls short.

  • Scott | June 5, 2012 6:35 PM

    I'll still form my own opinion as I usually find pleasure in places most don't within films that have high expectations, instant gratification isn't necessary. I loved Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, no real closure there but I was satisfied.

  • Marcus | June 1, 2012 10:02 AMReply

    Wait.. You gave Avengers A grade.. Case Closed.

  • boby | June 1, 2012 2:37 PM

    An advice for you, Marcus : don't have too high expectations for Prometheus or you might be really disappointed when you'll see it. I am not sure if the version who will see in theaters is truly Ridley Scott's director's cut. There is only two explanations : Ridley Scott is a liar or he became awfully incompetent. The characters and the actions in Prometheus have no consistency. Those scientifics act as if they were dumb teenagers. The second hour is a complete fail. I've hardly seen such a messy script in other recent blockbusters.

  • Masschaos777 | June 1, 2012 1:42 PM

    The Avengers was fantastic, an A grade is a fitting grade for that film.

    Anyway, I knew this film would end up disappointing some folks. Everyone had high expectations "Ooo the next Alien!" "Ridley Scott's back!!!" etc etc.

    Given Ridley Scott's track record over the last couple of decades, I knew I personally wouldn't like it (I just don't like his recent films' styles). After watching the first trailer, I knew a lot of folks were going to be disappointed. Given the nature of other reviews, it seems like people either "really like it", or... "meh".

  • Marcus' Mom | June 1, 2012 10:26 AM

    Wait, you haven't seen Prometheus yet, Marcus, stop talking out your ass and comparing relative oranges to apples grades.

  • boby | May 31, 2012 6:02 PMReply

    Prometheus is one of the worst script of 2012, no doubt. This movie is a real joke. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The scientific crew is just a band of morons. The last hour is a non-sense because of the unoumerous holes in the story. It would need at least more than 30 min of footage for having a coherent movie. Good special effects however but that's it. And don't watch it if you want scaring scenes : you'll be afraid only two minutes (and only if you haven't already see an Alien movie)
    C+ is a too good grade for that pretentious and awfully bad movie. But congratulations to the marketing campaign, really one of the best of the last decade.

    Congratulations

  • mass | June 1, 2012 1:44 PM

    Honestly, to me, the marketing was overwhelming. Kinda a turn off.

  • Alex P | May 31, 2012 6:26 PM

    It's nice to see some counter points of view, honestly. All the dinks are in the tank for this in this thread. Why can't people just go in with a blank slate. Like it could be great or bad, or something in between. But so many fans are emotionally invested in these movies being only masterpiece acts of god, chill.

  • Xian | May 31, 2012 4:32 PMReply

    C+??? Really Playlist?

    Worth noting a few things about Ridley Scott's new film. The original "Alien" we all know and love was going to be just a monster movie in space (original title was "Star Beast" during Dan O'Bannon's first draft) and the hope for the screenwriters was that Roger Corman might produce it. After being brought to Brandywine productions, the script got a big re-write (to O'Bannon's curmudgeonly displeasure) and added Ash the robot while changing the other characters and situations significantly. It then sat on the shelf at 20th Century Fox until the studio desperately needed another space picture after "Star Wars" hit big. Then, and only then, after Fox considered a number of directors, did it get classed-up by Ridley Scott and the design team Dan O'Bannon helped bring on (Cobb, Foss, Giger). Even then, upon its release, most critics found it a mixed bag and it got mixed reviews (though it did blockbuster business).

    Mixed reviews are fairly typical of Sir Ridley's work... sometimes, the reviews are even scathing noting his films are empty save for the brilliant design... but over time, many critics have reconsidered some of his work and cast it in a much better light So, Sir Ridley gets categorized as a "world builder" in films rather than say, a master filmmaker on par with Kubrick and others in the pantheon of visionary directors.

    "Blade Runner" was just as savaged by critics that found it a grim, but visionary bore. It did middling business, and I gather if "Alien" had lacked its classic horror movie jolts ("chestburster" scene, etc.) it too would have been dismissed by critics and ticket buyers (luckily, those scenes were in the first draft of the script and were crucial in getting the film made in the first place).

    Anyway, I only mention this because with the burden of "Alien" (a film that still holds up quite well) on its shoulders, "Prometheus" would have a tough time living up to the classic film no matter what. I'm sure it will be pretty amazing in spite of the great expectations placed upon it.

  • Javi | May 31, 2012 1:00 PMReply

    The Avengers and 21 jump street A and Prometheus and C+? Really?

    Mother of God...

  • Javi's Mom | June 1, 2012 10:27 AM

    You do understand that movies are graded independently of one another, right? That when you're grading Avengers, you're not looking over your shoulder to see what grade you gave another film? You're judging it upon its own merits, and for what it is alone. Didn't I teach you the same thing about people, Javi?

  • Javi | May 31, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    There are two groups: Prometheus is GREAT (great majority) and Prometheus is "meh, dissapointing, visually stunning, fascinating, but the story has too many holes" (minority)

    88% in Rotten Tomatoes, now.

    I'm in the first group. This movie is awesome. With script problems, ok, but awesome in so many levels. Ridley work it's phenomenal (for me, deserve a Oscar nomination), visually is like a dream, Rapace and Fassbender are perfect, amazing scenes...

  • mike | June 4, 2012 5:55 PM

    Except for the fact that your numbers are totally misleading. Of the positive (majority) reviews, each of them are highlighting major flaws. Three stars out of five is technical good, but barely, and that's what the majority is rating it. Not exactly what you want out of the positive reviews.

    Secondly, in the last couple of days it's gone from 88% to 79%, and that number could drop once it hits more markets.

  • FranklinG | May 31, 2012 10:48 AMReply

    "How can this movie not be anything short of utterly amazing?" -- be prepared for a lot of comments like this Playlist. Good review and seems fair in its balance of plaudits and criticisms. Still interested in seeing it, that's the whole point.

  • jake | May 31, 2012 10:33 AMReply

    1. The reason this film received so much buzz is because it's Scott's first Sci-Film in 30 years.

    2. This film could be polarizing, based on some of the reviews that I've read so far. So just because Oliver gave it a C, does not translate into being a bad film.

    3. Shocked you, along with so many others, gave Avengers an A.

  • Mr Anonymous | May 31, 2012 10:32 AMReply

    C+ grade. Tad harsh. Not good enough for a B grade? Really?

  • Great Scott! | May 31, 2012 9:08 AMReply

    Worry not, peepz, the folks at the Playlist rarely seem to understand mainstream flicks. I come for the art house buzz and non-subjective news items and that's it.

  • ABCDEFG - You can't make some people see | June 9, 2012 12:48 PM

    Olivier, this was a great review, in that sense that it revealed how you feel - while - remaining hugely informative.

    You have nothing to explain. If it wasn't provocative and interesting people wouldn't be commenting in the first place.

  • lolScott | June 1, 2012 1:54 PM

    Wahhhh, I sense a plethora of butt hurt with this soul.

    Watch, he'll be back.

  • NotSoGreatScott | May 31, 2012 1:23 PM

    Use decorum! I can insult you, but dare you try and defend yourself back. *eyeroll*

  • Christopher Bell | May 31, 2012 12:50 PM

    Unanswered questions and ambiguity are great if there's some sort of purpose to them. You can tell when it's intentional or when it's bad writing/studio interference/edited out for whatever reason. It sounds like this movie did the latter.

  • Great Scott! | May 31, 2012 11:48 AM

    Actually I didn't read this as a pan, but the C+ at the end caused a double-take. Without having seen the film yet, how could I debate the content of this particular review? I specifically said "the folks at the Playlist" rather than "Oliver Lyttelton" because I don't keep tabs on who wrote what, but I've read enough reviews of so-called blockbusters here that differed from the ultimate general public (and my own) opinion that I just take them all with a heap of salt now. It's a simple, generic "don't let a review by Playlist sway your intentions" type of statement. The type a pro should just ignore. Why not respond instead to some of the other commenters who were more specific with their thoughts?

    It sometimes seems like Playlist reviewers do a complete 180 when moving from art flicks to blockbusters. In the former, rightfully so, they value ambiguity and unanswered questions. In the latter, if something isn't spelled out or tucked away neatly by the end, they are annoyed. I see hints of that mindset in this review, and won't know if it is justified until next week. But films that set out to ask questions and then answer them all are generally pointless, particularly sci-fi films.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | May 31, 2012 10:17 AM

    Ok, then, please point out where in the review I show a lack of understanding of mainstream films. Extra credit if you've actually seen the film, rather than pre-emptively jumping to its defense. And by the way, this is far from a pan. Don't get hung up on the grade.

  • Great Scott! | May 31, 2012 10:07 AM

    Touched a nerve, eh? Giving A grades and "liking more" does not equate to understanding. Also, have a little decorum in self defense, wouldja?

  • Oliver Lyttelton | May 31, 2012 9:42 AM

    We've given The Avengers and 21 Jump Street A-grade reviews this year, so you're pretty much talking out of your ass.

  • Edward Davis | May 31, 2012 9:29 AM

    Hilarious. Worry not everyone! It'll be ok, our savior will answer all your prayers. Ridiculous horseshit. Half the team likes mainstream films more anyhow. To say we like art house films only... oh wait, you're from Fox, I get it.

  • Harry | May 31, 2012 2:44 AMReply

    And in today's inane self-aggrandizing movie review environment, how would Kubrick's 2001 have been reviewed? Hmm...

  • sven | May 31, 2012 1:38 AMReply

    I have seen the movie and I can assure everybody: it's great. The review above is right, though: at the end, there are just to much ideas, but Scott goes for a more traditional Hollywood-spectacle ending.
    But I do not agree with the C+, it's still one of the most visually impressive films i've seen lately, and the characters are intriguing, so i would definitely give it a B+ or even an A.

  • Yawn | May 30, 2012 11:56 PMReply

    The only thing that caught my eye about this movie was Michael fassbennder... Then I watched some of his movies. jane eyre and haywire.... I was bored. He's definitely overrated.

  • jon | May 31, 2012 12:08 AM

    obvious troll is obvious.

  • Nick | May 30, 2012 11:02 PMReply

    This review sounds a little contradicting. You give this movie quite a lot of praise to assert that audiences shouldn't expect to be satisfied -- "The most memorable movie moments of the years", "Visually stunning", "A-grade work", "The cast are excellent".

    Obviously, it's hard to write a good review without spoiling the movie. But you did not exactly pinpoint why this movie was not satisfying, which makes me curious. I'm still really looking forward to seeing this movie in 3D Imax! Thanks for the review, Oliver.

  • hickslv426 | May 30, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    Don't be put off by some of the luke-warm reviews. The critics who have been somewhat negative to this movie are too busy trying to compare this movie to the original 'Alien'. Acting performances- Who wants Shakespeare in space? Who cares if some of the minor cast members are only there for alien fodder! Ridley has been saying for ages that it wasn't a direct sequel to 'Alien', but that seems to be forgotten by the critics. The problem with the movie was that Fox hyped the movie to high heavens and for that reason it wasn't going to exceed everyone's expectations. People keep reminding us that 'Gladiator' was Scott's last great movie, but remember 'Gladiator' was somewhat of a sleeper hit; nobody expected it to succeed. The sword and sandals genre was dead at that particular time. I say go in with an open mind and enjoy the movie on its own merits, not trying to compare it to either 'Blade runner' or 'Alien'.

  • KitCon | May 30, 2012 9:30 PMReply

    Hmmm. I usually agree with Oli's reviews and his picks among Scott's film's below so I'll just have to make sure I savor the first 2/3 then.

  • Oogle monster | May 30, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    Damn. But I kind of expected it to be fall below expectations. I'm still going opening day. Also, it's a shame Theron doesn't have a bigger/more versatile role (same with Snow White and the Huntsman... I hear she's quite campy) considering she's a damn good actress and her work in Young Adult was some of the best acting I've seen in awhile. Now onto TDKR...

  • jimmiescoffee | May 30, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    i guess my thinking is that scott has not been all that commercially or critically acclaimed for quite a while. yet this film, based on a few nice trailers, got some serious talk in its favor for whatever reason. is it just because of the 'alien' connection? i guess...

  • [A] | May 30, 2012 7:27 PMReply

    Huge bummer. Still (obviously) seeing it in the big screen.

  • jimmiescoffee | May 30, 2012 7:18 PMReply

    i like scott. i liked 'robin hood,' 'body of lies,' 'kingdom of heaven,' and think 'matchstick men' is really fucking underrated. but why did this film get so much GREAT buzz. i'm sure i'll like it, but did i ever think OLIVER LYTTELTON would like it? nope. i bet he has not really liked a Scott film since 1991 if not before he was old enough to buy a cinema ticket. no big deal, but the buzz this film got, and is getting always seemed strange to me. look at scott's past 10 years at minimum and tell me which one of those movies gets an A from this this type of blog. and i do not mean this to be negative. i enjoy the hell out of the writing here.

  • Molly | June 9, 2012 1:07 PM

    Even now Kingdom of Heaven makes me question the very idea that Scott is a great director -I know he's a great director. It just goes to show, not all ideas make it though conception to realization. Saying that though, I dig a lot of Scott's work.

    Swings and roundabouts.

  • d | May 31, 2012 12:37 AM

    @cirkusfolk, it's possible some don't find it as "perfectly executed" as you do. And even if the story is great and it's transferred accurately to the screen, does that automatically make it a good movie?

  • cirkusfolk | May 31, 2012 12:12 AM

    How does someone hate Black Hawk Down? The movie is a perfectly executed visual telling of the book, so if you really don't like it, then you just must not like the story. Nothing much you can do there though.

  • Edward Davis | May 30, 2012 10:35 PM

    Matchstick Men is seriously underrated. I hated Kingdom Of Heaven, the long version is even worse. A Good Year didn't have to be that bad, coulda just been Ridley's version of a romantic comedy/drama, but lord does it really go turn to horrible in the last act.

    I think Scott is one of the most uneven "great" directors and yet, there are few films of his I completely hate (aside from KOH), but maybe I'm forgetting a few in the saggy middle.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | May 30, 2012 7:26 PM

    I love Gladiator. I like Matchstick Men quite a bit, I'm fond of American Gangster, and Kingdom of Heaven would be A-grade if you digitally replaced Orlando Bloom with... basically anyone else. Blade Runner's probably in my all-time Top 20. That being said, I outright hated Black Hawk Down, A Good Year, Body of Lies and Robin Hood.

  • Lenny Bruce | May 30, 2012 7:22 PM

    "Matchstick Men" is an awesome movie. Don't know why it doesn't get more love.

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