So last night I saw Alien: Covenant and I'm now here to talk about it (which is great that I remembered because I usually forget to talk about the movies I see). Overall, I quite enjoyed this film. If Prometheus, a film which grew on me over time, was a little too strange for some audiences, Covenant lands in more familiar territory with the series, while still echoing the themes established in its predecessor. I would say that because of that familiarity, which at a few times seemed a little humdrum, it doesn't come across as ambitious as the previous film. While that may be, it still continues the story in rather interesting ways, fit with mysterious settings, melancholic characters, awesome visuals and even some eerie biblical allusions. I could talk more but I would rather avoid spoilers, so I won't say anymore.
But what about the alien itself? Well, there's a lot I don't want to say about the involvement of the Xenomorph in this film, but I will say that they're used well, albeit sparingly. There's definitely more of a creepier edge to them this time around than some previous films in the franchise, making for some neatly disturbing moments with all the tension and gory fixings expected. It may not give you nightmares, buts its certainly the scariest Alien film since the original from 1979. Cool stuff indeed!
And one final note, something which I know can probably be defined simply as fan service, but I was thrilled to hear parts of Jerry Goldsmith's score from the 1979 original inserted into the film. Its a darkly beautiful score that I find myself listening to from time to time, so it definitely added a bit more wonder and mystery to the film.
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