First Reaction: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' is Breathtaking, Thrilling
by Alex Billington
May 30, 2012
"Big things have small beginnings." One of the many fantastic and extremely memorable lines in the movie. I am currently in London, England to attend the world premiere and conduct interviews this weekend for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, his epic return to sci-fi that arrives in theaters in the next week or two (Europe this weekend, US the next). Last night I got to see one of the very early screenings of the movie, in digital 3D at the 20th Century Fox offices, and was (as expected) amazed. It lived up to expectations, in every way. Prometheus is truly breathtaking, incredible, spectacular, thrilling sci-fi at its best. Initial reactions below!
After getting approval from Fox this morning, Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I recorded a video blog in Leicester Square in London, talking spoiler-free about our initial thoughts and reactions to the movie. I can't wait to see it again, but to hear our first thoughts and buzz about Prometheus, fire up our video here:
I literally sat with my jaw-dropped the entire time watching Prometheus. As mentioned in the video, it's an intelligent, intriguing science fiction space spectacle the likes of which we honestly haven't seen in a while. The 3D is incredible, the performances all-around are excellent, especially Michael Fassbender playing the android David. Everyone in it gives it their all and what we discovered was a breathtakingly beautiful, totally mesmerizing, thrilling, intense film from the master of sci-fi. It may leave you with more questions than answers at the end, but that's what co-writer Damon Lindelof is known for, and that's not a bad thing - it just goes to show how smart this movie is, and how much there is to discuss after watching it. I loved it.
Do yourself a huge favor and try to stay as spoiler-free as possible before going to see Prometheus. Once you're watching the movie (especially in 3D) you'll get lost in the world and the story, and will be taken on an extraordinary journey. I hope this means the return of big space opera sci-fi, because this is the kind of stuff I've been missing. I will definitely be seeing Prometheus many more times over the next few months.