'Prometheus' Reviews Are Out! Great Visuals But Story May Leave A Few Feeling Lost

Posted 10:40 AM May 30th, 2012 by Binh Ngo
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Ridley Scott's Prometheus had its world premiere in London yesterday and the reviews are out with or without Fox's blessings. Read them below.

While most of the reviews are overwhelming postive, gushing about the visuals in particular, there are a couple that mentioned the muddled narrative that didn't fully answer all the questions it posed.

Variety's Justin Chang is one of those who are impressed with the movie's visuals. He writes, "Scott and his production crew compensate to some degree with an intricate, immersive visual design that doesn't skimp on futuristic eye-candy or prosthetic splatter."

Jonathan Crocker of TotalFilm says Prometheus is "[n]ot as frightening as Alien, not as thrilling as Aliens, but a 3D sci-fi blockbuster that’s easily the saga's most spectacular entry."

Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy says, while the visuals are impressive, the movie didn't go far enough with its themes. He's verdict: Prometheus is "[a] visually stunning return to science-fiction by Ridley Scott caters too much to audience expectations when more imaginative boldness would have taken it further."

The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw wasn't that impressed. He writes, "Ridley Scott has counter-evolved his 1979 classic Alien into something more grandiose, more elaborate – but less interesting."

Twitch's Brian Clark writes, "[i]n between action scenes, the film labors to expand on the ideas and philosophical questions introduced in the first half, but by the end, it all feels convoluted and half-assed."

Badass Digest's Devin Faraci wasn't a fan of Prometheus either. He says, "[t]he problems with PROMETHEUS feel like Lindelof problems - a clunky script & thin layer of ideas with no depth to them. Pure LOST."

Firstshowing's Alex Billington thinks Prometheus ranks up there with the genre's best. He didn't hold back in his praise on Twitter: "I just saw #Prometheus last night - it was AWESOME. Loved it. Truly breathtaking, incredible, spectacular, thrilling sci-fi at its best."

Collider's Steven Weintraub wants people to skip the reviews and just go see the movie, saying it's a "big budget sci-fi that studios rarely make."

Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta joins in the chorus of praises by saying "[n]ot only is it thrilling, but it leaves you asking questions."

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