Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Prometheus: Avant Première - First Impressions

I saw the midnight showing of Prometheus last night! 

I didn't even know it was coming out until fellow blogger and author, Michael Offutt tweeted about it. He mentioned it was being released in Europe one week earlier than the US, and I was like, 
'Really? Going to check this out!' And he was like, 'No fair,' and I was like, 'Hahah I'll watch it on my Mom's TV and think of you,'and he was like, 'it comes out in the theatres dumb- dumb.' And I was like *facepalm* 'D’oh!'

Okay, I’m paraphrasing a tad but that's basically how it went down. Trust me. But anyway, I got bummed right after because I really hate watching English movies in French. With the new French TV system, we can watch a lot of English movies/series in the original version. Plus, the closest movie theater that offers the English version is a four hour drive away. ):  Anyway, where was I... oh yeah, signing off twitter before I say anything else incredibly stupid to share with the rest of the twittersphere. 

Back to Prometheus... Do you have any idea how much it cost to get movie tickets over here! I hadn't been to the movies in years...except for Avatar so I guess it wasn't THAT long ago. But still, Prometheus cost me 12 € for the midnight showing, plus 1 € for the 3D glasses (13€ comes out to about $16). Remember when movie tickets cost $5? Anyway, tack on 5.10 € for a 250cl bag of popcorn that tasted like the biodegradable packing peanuts and low-fat salt.

There's no such thing as low-fat salt, Elise.
I know, but if there was, this is how I would imagine it tasting like-bad. Can I continue?
Is this a multiple choice question?

SO, we're up to 18.10 € for tickets, glasses and popcorn.
Plus, 2.70€ for a small Coke, 
5.20 € for a bag of 200g M & Ms, 
AND the two hour car ride that cost 9.60€ in tolls (not including gas). 

Grand total: 35.60 € ~ ($ 44.40 )  Getting to bed at 3:30am and remembering why I don't go to the movies often, priceless *starts crying*.

So where was I? Oh yes...

I don't like watching horror movies. But, when I was younger and obviously braver, I watched the first three Alien movies so I felt I could make an exception. Plus, this was an opportunity to see something before folks in the US. So, I decided to suck it up, wince through the bad French voice-over just to bring you this AWESOME post *eye rolling*. Man, I need to lay off the caffeine.

In short: Prometheus was good but not great.

The visuals and special effects were brilliant. The 3D effects did not outweigh the story line and the movie moved along beautifully
. The ship's interior design was awesome as well as all the holographic projections. But, it will not live up to everyone's expectations. 

This is where you STOP reading if you don't want to read a few spoilers. 

I'm a big chicken when it comes to horror/scary movies so naturally, I was expecting to jump out of my seat during the show and pee pee myself. But, it never happened. Not even once during the whole two hours and three minutes. The only part that made me squirm was (SPOILER) the abortion scene. The low scream factor may actually disappoint some people and in my opinion, Aliens was scarier. That being said, I prefer the premise of Prometheus but it did leave me with a few questions and I'm afraid they've set this up for a sequel. Also, the last scene was a bit, meh. I would have (SPOILER) made the head turn for a final mini-head strike at the audience, it was 3D after all. 

Anyway, I'm exhausted here and not up to writing a full movie review. Instead, I've opted to list a few random thoughts and commentary I jotted down during the movie. Note: Some of these are quotes, some are not. Remember, I watched this in French so the translation may be a bit off. Also, a lot of this isn't going to make a whole lot of sense until you watch the movie (I'm doing this on purpose to avoid spoiling you too much).

Movie starts:

Entering atmosphere on LV223 - awesome.
Prometheus - awesome.
Nature doesn't draw straight lines.
I love the space suits, much better than the Michelin man costumes.
RTO 1, I want one please.
Holloway is hot. Vickers too.
Mapping out dome with Fun Balls! I want some.

Can you fix that? Perhaps.
Storm! Go, go, go!

I can't believe you dropped the head.
David, you sneaky android.

It's a termite mound!
DNA match?
Big things have small beginnings.
Vickers doesn't like the accordion, huh.
Are you a robot?
My room, 10 min.
Gazpacho (What? No cornbread?)
Biologist is stupid.
Holy wine cellar Batman!
I want to play with the marshmallow eggs.
Space chart is sick.
WTF? A zombie? (someone needs to e-mail me and explain this. I didn't understand why this one didn't follow the normal pathology.)
It's a trap spaceship!
Sometimes to create, you must destroy.
They changed their minds?!

In the words of my generation: Up yours!
Run! She's going down!
Bag the head and blast off.
I smell a sequel.


So there you have it. If you enjoy sci-fi and don't mind a lot of unanswered questions, then Prometheus is for you. 

Let me know if you're planning to watch this. I'd be interested in hearing what you think. (:   


  1. Peanut M&Ms, my favorite!

    I'm not really one for scary movies so I doubt I'll watch this. (though from your description it wasn't too scary) But I had to laugh at your description of going to the movie. We rarely go to the movies either. By the time you pay for a babysitter and add the extra time and gas money to pick up and drop off said babysitter, tickets, and if you're paying for a babysitter you might as well go out to dinner first, (which means you'll be too full to buy popcorn and snacks at the theater so that's a bonus) It's easier to just stay home and watch netflix. Or for half the cost of your night out you can buy a DVD that you can watch over and over.

  2. I didn't know Prometheus would be scary.

    Movies here are costly too. I once spent £8 on a movie ticket for myself. Then my drink and popcorn was £7.

    You pay for 3D glasses? That's a ripoff. We get them for free here. Well, 3D movies cost more.

    We don't even pay for parking depending which cinema we go to. And I now sneak food and drinks in with me.

    But I go to the movies about once a year. I'm broke too!

    You're lucky you get to eat peanut M&Ms. They give me an itchy and scratchy throat that results in me coughing like an idiot.

  3. Going to see it this weekend!Not gonna bother with 3D its a rip off!

  4. LOL! Michael is going to get the whole blogging community to go see this movie! He's so awesome. Annnnnd I didn't know it was a horror thing... scary! Probably going to miss this one! :D

  5. Thanks for the shout out. I already got my tickets for the midnight showing over here. I hope I'm not disappointed, and I'm glad I get to see it in English.

  6. Oh, I'm so disappointed. I thought it was going to be awesome, especially seeing all the trailers. Oh well. Thx for sharing.

  7. S.P. Bowers: I hear you. It's complicated when you have kids. I'm lucky in that I usually don't have to worry about getting a sitter. My mother lives not far and I can leave the kids with her when she's free. Netfilx, wish we had that here!

    Kamille: Yeah, I had to pay for my 3D glasses at this particular theater, but I did get to keep them so next time I won't have to worry about it. And lol, you sneak food in! I need to do this too, my hand bag is big enough. :D

    D.S.taylor: You definitely won't miss out on the 3D with this movie. Let me know what you think after you see it!

    Morgan: It's not that scary, I think you'll be fine. The special effects were amazing.

    Michael: You're welcome! I hope you won't be disappointed too.

    Mina: Parts of it was awesome and I still think it's worth seeing...but it's very focused on David and as much as I love Charlize Theron, her character was pretty useless.

  8. Elise, I knew there was a reason I loved you. You are too darn funny. I think I'll wait till it comes out on DVD. And it's about that much for a movie here too.

    1. Looks like you need to sneak food into the movie theaters too! :P

  9. You humor made my hectic morning so much more enjoyable than usual! I loved your stream of consciousness review at the end. That it doesn't include any "squirm" moments is a plus for me. And our popcorn and cokes are outrageous and cardboard tasting as well. As Jessica says, the movie and munchies cost is about the same here. Thanks for enjoying THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH. Alice is still mad at me for catching her on a bad hair day on the cover!

    1. Thanks Roland. Tell Alice I wish I had her hair, even on a "bad hair day." (:

  10. In case you didn't know, I'm the movie-challenged kid on the block! Yep... that's me...
    I love the commentary (even though I haven't the foggiest notion what you're talking about) *chuckles*

  11. I hadn't even heard of this movie, but will wait for it to come out on 8-track.

    PS... I read your comment on my guest interview and guess what? I used to sell women's size 5 shoes on eBay.... it's a small world (excuse pun :)~

  12. Michelle: *smiles* I don't get out to the movies like I used to so I'm a bit challenged too. (:

    Mark: 8-track...humm. You may need a time machine or borrow your neighbors VHS player. And I can't believe you sold shoes for little women! Anything you haven't done? (:

  13. sucks to be where you are, for flicks...

    don't care what hollyweird sez: i still HATE the supposed '3d' crap!

    won't see this for that reason, maybe on dvd, at some point...

    1. Hi laughingwolf, thanks for stopping in. I agree 3D is overrated for most films. This one had some beautiful landscape shots, but the 3D didn't add anything imo. We'll see if they come out with a sequel. If they do, I'll wait for it on DVD. (:

  14. I'm definitely planing to watch this, I love spoilers and I enjoyed yours ... but unfortunately it isn't yet available in Germany or at least not anywhere near me.
    I'd prefer to watch the English originals, too, but I also have trouble to get to such a cinema. Well, that's what DVDs are for.

    1. I think I may watch it again when it comes out on DVD just to hear it in English. Hope you enjoy it!


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