Alien: Covenant is in theaters now, and though the film has many flaws, it is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a decent score of 72%. Here at LRM, I gave the film a B-, as it delivers the scares and thrills but becomes a bit repetitive by the end, especially for those of us who have seen the other five films in the long-running franchise. Bryan Fuller, creator of NBC's Hannibal and American Gods, has been a fan of the franchise his entire life, even writing a case study about the critters in Alien for an experimental psychology course, earning him the recommendation from his instructor that he belonged in film school instead.
Vulture asked Fuller whether or not he enjoyed Alien: Covenant at their Vulture Festival and his answer was simple: "No." Fuller went on to say:
“I think the last two movies have had too many similarities to bad Friday the 13th sequels and not enough similarities to good Alien movies."
He clarified that it wasn't all bad, stating that Prometheus and Covenant were both "so masterfully executed on a technical level, gorgeously composed and produced." His criticisms came down to one glaring issue that I'm sure a lot of us have with both films, they feature "really smart characters doing really stupid things."
Very fair complaint, I'd say. Just because a planet has an atmosphere that allows you to remove your helmet, doesn't mean you should go charging into an unknown ecosystem without protection. Didn't the crew of the Covenant learn anything from War of the Worlds?
Fuller had one more specific criticism to share:
“So, you see this chest-burster [in Alien] and how disturbing and snakelike it is, and then the other chest-burster in Alien: Covenant is just [a baby alien] standing up. It’s like, He has good posture.”
That part actually did not bother me, though it was a bizarre scene. It seemed in line with the craziness of David (Michael Fassbender), perhaps the greatest villain in sci-fi today. The scene was almost beautiful, in a way.
Do you agree with Bryan Fuller? What bothered you most about Alien: Covenant? Or does this criticism bother you the most? Let us know in the comments below!
Alien: Covenant is now in theaters.
Don't forget to share this post on your Facebook wall and with your Twitter followers! Just hit the buttons on the top of this page.