A tad strong, but does anyone agree with this?
It's an ambitious 'big movie', in every sense of the phrase, and by not playing it safe/joining-the-dots, it's very refreshing :clap:
There're a tidy few themes/metaphors flying around: Faith and creationism vs Darwinism; racism/slavery; fish-out-of-water/acceptance/a sense of place and self [during the outward voyage, android David (Fassbender) frequently re-watches Lawrence of Arabia and models himself on Lawrence/O'Toole...], etc.
Once again, props to Scott for including strong female leads - Rapace and Theron - while Idris Elba's ship's capt is suitably savvy, laconic and likable; Fassbender is cool - Birkenstocks aside - witty and sinister; and the rest of the cast have their moments.
Rappace obviously has a very large pair of Reeboks to fill, so it seems she's opted to make her character less gung-ho/headstrong, more of a sensitive/thinking scientest, but just as smart, resourceful and determined.
Natch, there's the obligatory 'annoying shouty man' character - but don'tcha love it when they get despatched, in an oozing flurry of eye-popping SFX...
And speaking of "oozing, eye-popping SFX" - there's plenty
There are some great moments re camera work and direction, some of which is quite subtle - eg, love it when the ship slams on the 'brakes' when it reaches LV-223 (note: not LV-426...). And plenty of 'eeks', 'OMGs' and tension.
HR Giger's designs are carried over and very apparent throughout the Space Jockey's 'caves'; hence HRG's credit in the end titles.
However, in hindsight, at times Prometheus does seem a tad disjointed; perhaps Scott's intended final cut has had severe pruneage? For example, there's no sign of Elizabeth Shaw's pitch to Wayland to fund the voyage or the latter's Ted address. And during an interview on R5's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review (during Podcast, Prometheus section starts at 32:35), Scott hinted that there might be a director's cut: "...There's every possibility, never say never." (Kermode awarded 7.5/10.)
Is it significant that Prometheus's cinema cut is 124 mins and Inception, another example of a 'thinking SF blockbuster', is 148 mins?
But, and IMVHO it's a 'big but', 3D is not able do Prometheus's cinematography justice.
Too often, 3D can't deal with shallow depth-of-field, rendering figures/objects in the foreground as merely over-lit and placed against 1930s-era (cruddy) back-projection, and when objects 'jump out' of the screen and the image eventually dissolves, it's so feeble it's comical. Also in the Kermode/Mayo interview, it's arguable that Scott prefers the 2D: "The 2D [version] is actually quite beautiful."
A must-see, but not in gimmicky 3D.