I was really excited to see Alien: Covenant last Friday (this was one of the Fresnerd's most anticipated movies of 2017). The first two films in this franchise are amazing (As on the Fresnerd scale in my opinion) and made this franchise into one of the most original and beloved in Sci-Fi. Unfortunately, I'm sure most fans would agree that each subsequent film in the franchise has not reached that same level of quality. At best, they've been divisive, such as the previous entry: 2012's Prometheus (which I actually liked; I thought it was gorgeous and bold, albeit with some noticeable plot weaknesses; a Fresnerd B for me). Thus, there were a lot of hopes that Alien: Covenant would return the franchise to top form.
Unfortunately, I did walk out somewhat disappointed. I thought it was fine, but it definitely contained substantial problems. The attempted combination of the styles, tones, and themes of both Prometheus and Alien did not mesh smoothly in my opinion. It was a shame that the Last Supper prologue clip released online prior to the release wasn't incorporated into the movie because it would have served to have us actually care about the characters. Lastly, there were enough horror movie and Alien franchise cliches, that it ended up being somewhat predictable. One cliche to highlight is supposedly "smart"' people making stupid decisions just to move the plot along. There were some other problems, but those were the main ones for me.
That being said, I thought the film also contained some compelling features, including: amazing cinematography (as usual with any Ridley Scott film), great casting, standout performances by Michael Fassbender and Danny McBride (yeah, what an awesome surprise!), and one or two good new ideas for the franchise. Michael Fassbender's superb acting allowed for the themes to be conveyed well and Danny McBride was the only human character I actually cared about. The beginning of Act 2 was the highlight for sure when the horror, tension, and action were executed brilliantly in true classic Ridley Scott fashion.
Overall I'd say it was pretty good, a B- on the Fresnerd scale. This is an enjoyable movie rental, but nothing that I'll rush to see again.
It seems like this will be another divisive film for the franchise, instead of the solid hit Alien fans have been desiring since 1986.
What did you guys think?