The genre of science fiction can make for some pretty interesting movies and stories and it’s a very intriguing genre in general. A genre so intriguing, in fact, that maybe it’s one I’m too critical of. Like a fantasy story, a science fiction story has to be crafted completely from scratch. The story at hand is being told in a world that does not exist and when told with just the right amount of grace and purpose than a science-fiction story has the ability to touch on many unique ideas and themes that your average movie wouldn’t dare delve into.
Prometheus is an extraordinary movie on all accounts. While telling a fascinating story about the stars we look at every night, Prometheus enthralls, it scares and it takes our characters on perfectly epic journey that forces them to places and into making decisions they couldn’t possibly understand. Alien is a fantastic horror film in its simplicity and the grotesque ways it attempts to push the envelope. Prometheus has some horror elements and plays with them when it can, but Prometheus is dealing with so much more.
In one of the most visually stunning movies ever created, Prometheus manages to do more than astound with just its visuals. It tells an engrossing story about searching for the answers of life’s biggest questions and at the heart of this ambitious tale is a poetic character study of two pieces of existence defined by their times (in this case, a time that does not exist), a human and a robot.
Playing the human and the heart of the film is Noomi Rapace incredibly convincing as the caring, innocent and lovable Elizabeth Shaw. The other main character is played by the brilliant Michael Fassbender giving easily the greatest performance of the film as the robot, David. Like no other movie before it, Prometheus takes the time to actually examine the idea of being a robot and through a beautiful script and a flawless performance, the character of David is brought to life as the greatest character in film who doesn’t need to breathe.
Who could have done it other than the original Alien director himself, Ridley Scott? He has defined the sci-fi genre in the past and once again shows exactly what a sci-fi movie can be. I can’t think of one miraculous moment I didn’t care for in Prometheus and while telling a very broad and prominent story, Prometheus still manages to pay homage to the iconic horror film that started it all. It was spectacular in every way, shape and form.
Any time you make a sequel you run the risk of disappointing a lot of people. More often than not if you make a sequel the people who are watching it have seen and enjoyed the first one. You could make one of those rare sequels that are actually better than the original, you could make one that’s right on par with the original or you could go the same route as Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and be very disappointing. I am an avid and of the first Sherlock Holmes movie and Guy Ritchie’s other films and I will say that with out a doubt, this is the worst Guy Ritchie film I’ve seen.
This was a film that I was very excited for. Unlike a lot of people I was actually a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes and what Guy Ritchie had done with the story and I couldn’t wait to see what he’d do with Holmes’ nemesis, Professor Moriarty. I was even excited about character actor Jared Harris playing Moriarty whose performance was the most redeeming quality of this film. Unfortunately, even a good villain wasn’t enough to save the rest of the film from falling a part.
Right from the beginning there was simply something off putting about the film and it went essentially nowhere compelling from there. A lot of it just felt like one extremely dull moment after another just to lead into another one generic action sequence after another. My favorite moments of the film were the scenes between Holmes and Moriarty especially a final climactic scene involving a game of chess. Unfortunately, the rest of the film was nearly captivating enough and the decently satisfying climax was not worth the wait.
Almost everything I enjoyed about the first one I found was overplayed and almost, at times, unbearable in this one. The chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law was there, but there relationship just became more accustomed to joke-telling than with actual character and story development. Worst of all though, I felt as though the female lead was just tossed into the film so that the film could have a female lead. Noomi Rapace did a fine job, but here character was about as unnecessary as this film.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was just not a very enjoyable experience. Admittedly there were parts of the movie that were fun, but when you combine those scenes with the rest of the film you get two-hour movie that just simply was only worth the price of admission because it had the honor of showing a “The Dark Knight Rises” trailer before it. I can’t wait to watch Sherlock Holmes again because I find that a very excellent film, I can’t say the same about its sequel.