Alien: Covenant (2017) Movie Review by: Will Whalen
In space, no one can hear you scream… but at the movie theaters they sure can! The long awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, is finally here. A lot of people seemed to be on the fence with Prometheus when it came out for many various reasons. I myself, loved it as soon as I saw it. Fortunately, I didn’t even know it was apart of the Alien franchise until the very last scene which added more to it for me once it was over. So of course I’ve been looking forward to this not only because it looked just incredible, but because just like everyone else, I was hoping to get some answers that we didn’t get in Prometheus.
Alien: Covenant stars Katherine Waterson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Michael Fassbender and… Michael Fassbender? That’s right. Double the Fassy boy. This is about a crew and a ton of colonists going to find a planet for them to live on. Of course, when they find one, things don’t go as planned.
Ridley Scott made the first Alien a little over 40 years ago and ever since then, the franchise has been pumping out films every few years or so. The fact that Scott himself is still toying with a franchise he created so many years ago, is really cool. With Prometheus, he took it in a different route than previous films. A horror sci-fi nonetheless but this time, exploring religion and the big questions of life. Which sparked controversy with film nerds all across the internet and even controversy throughout the kids in my school. Here, Scott definitely goes back to the horror routes in every sense of the word.
Ridley Scott is one of the best directors of all time and every time he puts something out, I’m always excited and on board. He’s notorious for directing the shit out of his movies and crafting some of the most beautiful shots that have ever blessed a screen. Alien: Covenant is absolutely jaw dropping with beautiful and majestic shots throughout the two hour runtime. He crafted one of the most gorgeous films I’ve seen all year with help with his talented Cinematographer, Dariusz Wolski who was the cinematographer for Prometheus as well. The way he filmed some of these scenes was absolutely phenomenal. It’s guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat and make you feel like your life is at stake. Another thing that I really appreciate about Scott is that he really tries to use as little CGI as possible. Is there still CGI? Of course but he tries to keep it practical from what I hear and can tell and that’s a rare thing these days.
The performances here were all fantastic. One of my top favorite actors, Michael Fassbender, absolutely killed it. He plays two roles in this as Walter and David and he was just fantastic. Katherine Waterson was also good alongside Danny McBride who actually surprised me a little bit. It was cool to see him in a more serious role. The only problem with the characters is that they kinda jump between characters a bit much so it never fully latches on to one in particular. Nonetheless, all the performances were good but the one performance that I was a bit disappointed with, was Billy Crudup. His character was just very dull and was always saying the same thing that kinda wore thin after a while.
Alien: Covenant is one of the scariest films in recent memory. From the gorgeous and beautifully eerie shots, this film had me biting my nails from the start. Not to mentions it’s just absolutely horrifying. This is no doubt the scariest one in the franchise and I loved every second of it. When the trailer came out for this, I was absolutely so excited and just in awe. I stayed away from every trailer after that so I didn’t know what to expect but I had high hopes. This actually exceeded my expectations. Like Prometheus, I’ve heard a lot of people are mixed about this one too but I’m here to say, that it’s fantastic.
But is this film perfect? It isn’t but the flaws of this film are very little for me. As for problems, they didn’t really answer everything from Prometheus that I wanted to be answered in the actual movie and that kind of disappointed me. However, the films itself is so spectacular that it’s easily forgivable.
This is one of the scariest, bloodiest, awesome sci-fi films I’ve seen in a while and a new favorite of mine in the Alien franchise. I’m a bit surprised at the mixed reviews for this because it’s absolutely breathtaking. Run to see this as fast as you can as though you’re running from actual aliens.