'Alien: Covenant' film review
'Alien: Covenant' was a film that I was immensely looking forward to. I'm a huge fan of the original 'Alien' film. In fact, it's probably in my top 20 films of all time. So any new film in this franchise is exciting to me. 'Alien: Covenant' is directed by Ridley Scott and serves as a follow-up prequel to 2012's 'Prometheus'. 'Covenant' is set around ten years after the failed Prometheus mission. What I must mention is that it is absolutely crucial to watch that first prequel, 'Prometheus', before you see this film, or you will get lost in a lot of this film's overarching plot lines.
'Alien: Covenant' tells the story of a colonisation vessel that lands on an uncharted planet that has, unbeknownst to the new arrivals, been host to more than just a few rocks and plants. I think the story line to this film was exceedingly clever. I found it gripping and had some great twists regarding how the aliens, also known as xenomorphs, actually came to be. There was a new form of the aliens which I really liked, and it fit in well with the plot of the story. I'm glad that this film answered questions that I had had after 'Prometheus' and it was satisfying to watch those questions be answered. I also enjoyed the pacing of this film. Some may find it slow in parts but it was usually during sections that gave a lot of information and to an 'Alien' fan, it was interesting knowledge so I didn't mind so much. To a more casual fan, these sections may seem like an information dump, but it's done so seamlessly it's not noticeable in the most part.
Some of the scenes in this film are just brilliantly gory. If you cannot handle blood...well, any of the now six films in the 'Alien' franchise are not for you. But if you can, be ready for a lot of it. The cast of this film deliver solid performances. Michael Fassbender is just so excellent in this. I think that he was improved on his performance in 'Prometheus' and he did well to play both David the android from the Prometheus mission and identical android Walter from the new colonisation vessel. He's great at playing characters with sinister sides and at several points in this film, I found him more terrifying than the xenomorphs, although it will still be those and their multiple mouths that will give me the nightmares.
Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride were strong leads in this film, showing off an impressive range in acting ability. Overall, this is a gripping and gory film with intense moments and some splendid acting performances, even if Michael Fassbender does end up kissing himself.