Tuesday, June 19, 2012

There's a Lot of Deep Stuff About Prometheus Out There, So Let's Get Superficial

*** Pretty Spoiler-Less, but tread carefully just incase. 

People are writing really deep articles on both the thrilling and problematic aspects of Ridley Scott's new film, Prometheus. Generally, these focus on theme and plot, but I just want to talk about one aesthetic thing that confused me in the making of it.

Leading up to the film, essentially all of the promotion was focused on Charlize Theron, making it seem like it was basically "her" movie, despite Noomi Rapace being the arguable star of the whole thing. Well, that makes sense given that she is the biggest name, and many people still don't know who Michael Fassbender is (for shame). But with the big names of Charlize Theron and Ridley Scott behind it, you'd think that no other huge names would be needed.

Well, then they decided to cast Guy Pearce in the role of an old, decrepit man. And believe me when I say that I am a huge fan of Guy Pearce and love him in absolutely everything, but it seems to me that this was a bit of a misstep. He wasn't needed --that is unless you count the promotional pieces he was involved in with the lead up to the film. I just don't understand why the creators would take all the time, money, and energy to put prosthetics on his face when they could have just gone with an older actor. It's not that he didn't do a good job, it's just that with all the makeup work, he looked fake and it cheapened the experience. Frankly, he looked like old Biff in Back to the Future, Part II.

So in the end, that's all I really wanted to point out from the film. Think what you will about the plot and the visuals and the thematic nuances. I'm not here to tell you what to enjoy or not, I just was troubled by that one, superficial aspect of the cinematic experience. Especially considering how all the other aesthetics were quite brilliant (in my opinion).