- Feb 12th. 2014
Update (2/12/2014): Hi! I originally posted this review on June 10, 2012, but a recent prompt on io9, which asked its readers to come up with a disappointing film that had an amazing trailer, put this film back in my mind. Prometheus was among the suggestions in the comments, and since the film’s release, some fans of the film have been staunchly defending it. A couple of replies to the commenter who suggested Prometheus simply stated, without further comment, that they “liked the film anyway”, which is totally fine by me. I like some pretty messy movies myself.
One of the comments, however, included a link to a fan’s half-hour-long video claiming it debunks all of the complaints about the film, stipulating that it would do so without using anything outside the film itself. However, the video relies not only on the film’s pre-release marketing videos, but also on behind-the-scene extras and interviews. I could barely get past the part where the video condescendingly reminds the viewer of just what a plot hole is. Another commenter bizarrely stated that “picking on plot holes” isn’t a valid way to criticize a film, which is patently false. An incoherent script makes for a bad movie. Characters shift personalities, lack logical motivations, and make completely irrational decisions. Telling me things make sense when you see the extras (and even then, they still don’t) is not valid. As one commenter put it:
Having the chef tell you about the recipe he ‘wanted’ to make, doesn’t make ill matched, overcooked, or absent food any better.
The film must stand on its own. Therefore, I have reworked and significantly lengthened my review in order to break down the film’s shortcomings more thoroughly. Read more