sareini: "Zombies are a girl's best friend" quote with a picture of Julie from Return of the Living Dead 3 (Zombies!)
Yesterday pretty much got written off as being too sad. I spent most of the day in bed with Callie and Lily or talking to my niece on the phone. But today I managed to drag myself out of the house to go and see Alien: Covenant at the cinema.

Now, I've still not seen Prometheus because way too many people whose opinions I trust said it wasn't very good at all, so I suspect I missed some of the film's callback moments because of that. I mean, I knew David was in the previous film, and he was a little bit snooker loopy, and that apparently we didn't get to see an actual xenomorph in Prometheus, but I knew little beyond that. I don't think it affected my enjoyment of the film though, but who knows - maybe I missed some subtle nod that broke the whole story open in a new direction.

I did get confused by Walter for the first part of the movie. It doesn't help that I get occasionally face-blind while watching movies, and so for the first 30 minutes or so I was sitting there thinking, "Is that even Michael Fassbender? Am I getting confused like I do with Mads Mikkleson again?" (It was Michael Fassbender.) Eventually I figured things out though, but that also leads into a gripe I had with them film that I'm pretty sure I and only I will have: what happened to the naming convention? Ash, Bishop, Call, David and... Walter? Yes, I am irrationally bothered by this.

It's got some very splattery moments - not so many as some early reviews had led me to believe, but the ones that were there were very bloody and visceral. Aliens bursting from backs (as seen in the trailer) and other body locations and xenomorphs killing people messily are the order of the day here. And of course it's got its strong female lead with a gender-neutral name who kicks arse like there's no tomorrow.

Also, nice use of Chekov's Nail.

So the AVP movies are officially non-canon now then. Still not sure how I feel about that - not because of any particular love for the films, but because when I come to do my inevitable Alien franchise review series, this makes it even more difficult to decide whether to combine the Predator movies in with it. Basically it's short-circuiting the OCD list-making part of my brain.

Also this crew of colonists are pretty terrible at knowing first contact protocols. I'll forgive the first guy for getting infected with xenomorph spore pollen because he accidentally stepped on the pods, but the other guy? "Hey guys, look at this strange alien plant! Imma smell it!" Dude deserved to sick up that baby xeno.

I also figured out the Walter/David switch the very moment they didn't show Walter killing David. Was that meant to be deliberately obvious for dramatic irony, or did the filmmakers have a moment of thinking the audience would be too dim to figure it out?


Overall, I recommend it. Definitely brings the prequels of the franchise up to speed with the xenomorphs we know and love.

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