Have you seen Prometheus?
If you haven’t, you really should.
And you should stop reading this now so it doesn’t spoil it for you.
Go on, clear off. Enjoy the movie!
So, have you seen Prometheus? Yes?
Wasn’t it terrible?
Here’s some guys explaining why:
If I had to sum up what these guys are saying – and what made me maddest about?Prometheus – it would be this: I can suspend disbelief. I can believe all sorts of strange things – I can believe that little people will walk across a realm to destroy a ring, that an ancient Time Lord can care about the human race and regenerate periodically, that somewhere out there is a killer alien species which can impregnate itself into other creatures and then emerge to destroy them.
I don’t have any problem with that stuff.
What I can’t tolerate is stories which don’t obey the logic of the worlds they themselves have created; that set themselves free from the cause-and-effect they establish for themselves. In my book The English Monster something impossible happens, but I hope and pray that its impossibility is at least believed, and that the logic of the story?after the impossibility is obeyed.
This is where?Prometheus fails. Basic story logic fails time and time again, and not because the story demands it; because they couldn’t be bothered to fix it. Need aliens to leave a star map to their secret military installation? OK, do so – but?explain why. Otherwise it’s just a lazy neglect, and do you know what? It says to me?we don’t care if this makes sense or not, but it’s beautiful, isn’t it?.
Wouldn’t have happened at Pixar, if these amazing story tips are anything to go by. Such as:
#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can?t just write ?cool?. What would make YOU act that way?
That one rule – that one?single rule – would have made?Prometheus a really great movie. Likewise, the Prometheus screenwriters don’t follow Joe Hill on Twitter…
Cheating is when the hero doesn't have to solve his own problems or when you don't allow the villain to do what villains would obviously do.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) June 13, 2012
As a final thought: the lack of believable motivation in?Prometheus is perfectly summed up in that still at the top of this post. Three characters, all looking in different directions: why? One character looks pissed off, despite fulfilling all his career ambitions: why? The android is looking with enormous sinister intent at the main female character: why??Suffice to say none of these questions are answered in the film. It’s not a story; it’s like an anti-story. I seriously, seriously pray that Ridley Scott doesn’t take the same axe to the reputation of?Blade Runner, because even Philip K Dick loved?that movie.