MEATBALL MOVIE REVIEW: ALIEN: COVENANT

May 22, 2017

****WARNING MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD****

 

Alien: Covenant is the best Alien film in the last 30 years! But is that really saying much? Alien 3 is okay but after Alien and Aliens it was a little stale and many people won't even talk about Alien 4 or the AvP films, and Prometheus we all know how that went. We got told it was an Alien Prequel but had to sit through over two hours of whatever that film was before we got a somewhat Alien Connection at the end.

Alien: Covenant goes back to what makes the first two films so loved. Ridley Scott is back involved with the franchise and he delivers his usual breathtaking shots, fun action with tons of acid blood and gore to leave the audiences screaming with joy. We pick up a couple years after the failed Prometheus mission and a new team of colonist are heading to a distant planet for a Colony mission. While on the way to their new home a malfuntion causes the crew to be awoken and the ships captain (James Franco in a blink of an eye and you missed him cameo) is killed. The crew receives a transmission from a nearby planet and decide to investigate this unchartered planet only to find out the horrors that lie on the surface.

Katerine Waterson (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) are fantastic in this film. Both bring their characters to life and McBride shows he can take on a role outside of his normal bread and butter comedy roles. Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past) steals the show in double duty this time as both David from Prometheus and Walter a more subdued and enhanced synthetic version of what David could never be.

The film checks all the boxes of what we love about the Alien films but also doesn't take it fully back to the mood of the original film. I won't say that it didn't add anything to the franchise because Scott continues to deliver the questions about faith, life, our existence and what else is out there. The biggest issue Alien: Covenant has is that it is trying to balance being a Prequel to the Alien films we know and love while also being a sequel to Prometheus.

I give this film a solid 3 out of 5 Meatballs. At the end of the day Alien: Covenant is an entertaining and fun Alien film. This is a film worth seeing as Ridley Scott is back to form in the franchise he created while taking the best of the Aliens Films and mashing them together to create a fun and solid sci-fi horror/thriller.

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