Is Covenant worthy of the Alien Title? Yes, it's not as bad as Alien 4.
For those of you who keep up to date with our Weekly Roundups will know I’ve been waiting for this film for a long time. I’ve been a fan of the franchise almost as long as I’ve loved Star Wars. Some of my earliest movie memories were watching Aliens, before running around the back garden with my toy guns shooting imaginary Xenomorphs.
While I enjoyed Prometheus, it raised a lot questions and Covenant while answering few raised even more. But more importantly it begins to bring the story into line with the originals.
It's been 10 years since the events of Prometheus and the colony ship Covenant is on its way to some distant planet when it gets hit with a neutrino burst. Walter (the synthetic) wakes up the crew from cryo-sleep to make repairs on the spacecraft, they hear a transmission of a human voice singing coming from a nearby planet which turns out to be more habitable than their destination, so of course they decide to go there instead.
What follows is beautifully filmed, mixing special and practical effects effortlessly. The music fits every scene perfectly, Ridley Scott really is a master behind the camera.
But it’s Danny McBride who really surprised me here, I’ve only ever seen him doing over the top comedy before, for those of you worried about him in this, relax, he plays it straight and was great.
I really enjoyed Alien Covenant while I was watching it, only afterwards while thinking did I realise it's not the greatest film of the year. Don’t get me wrong, it has all the important aspects here: the chills, the scares and the driving plot lines, it just felt a little rushed at times.
There are a few more points I want to raise, more like continuity errors but sadly it will give a lot of the story away so I guess I'll have to skip them. In summary, is this film worth your hard earned money to see? Yes. Is it great work from a top director? Again yes. Does it continue the story from Prometheus? Barely.
I think for me that was a problem, maybe when the sequel comes out it will help the flow. The point is, Alien Covenant is a good movie, it feels closer to the Alien franchise and the big reveal half way through was awesomesauce.