Originally Posted by Lee Stewart
Sure - but John Hurt isn't in PROMETHEUS. Nor is Harry Dean Stanton or Yaphat Koto.
What does that fact have to do with the GENERAL desire to see sci-fi movies with quality characters and acting?
Can you not distinguish between:
1. Wanting Ridley to make the "SAME" movie - a strawman you keep throwing up, and not something I'm demanding.
2. Hoping for SIMILAR qualities to a Director's best work? Which IS what I'm hoping for.
You know...like how we come to a Ridley Scott sci-fi film because we expect it will show the qualities he's produced before in sci-fi: Incredible attention to detail, believability of entirely created worlds, maturity, complexity, that certain Ridley scott "look" to the cinematography etc. No one is expecting the SAME movie (that's a strawman) but we reasonably expect or hope for SIMILAR qualities in his sci-fi work. Otherwise...who would care that it's Ridley Scott doing the film in the first place?
The problem is that, while the quality of the look of a film is usually there in a Ridley Scott film, the quality of nuanced, believable characters and a great script are not always there . Ridley is the guy who gets this aspect so right in a movie (as he did with his earlier sci-fi) and sometimes he's a guy who get's it so horribly wrong (as many of his subsequent efforts featured paper-thin or cliche characters). It's completely reasonable for me to hope for the former! And Alien is simply an example of Ridley getting it all together in one film.
Dude...chill. No need to come down like a ton o bricks here. All us Ridley-geeks are bringing our hopes to this movie and having fun analyzing what the trailers seem to indicate. It's no crystal ball and no one has said anything to that effect. I've simply noted that, for instance, in the new trailer featuring sections of dialogue, Charlize to me is coming off as a one-note corporate baddie. I have not therefore declared the acting in the film a failure: I have simply expressed hope that there will be more nuance (and hence that we get a good script/performance from Ridley on this one). We'll see.