Ok so before I really begin… There is something that I realized when it comes to certain types of movies… I have fouind this to be true with remakes… But I think it can be said to be true with franchises as well!
For example, A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)… HOLLY-OH-MY-GOD!!! I love that film… Most people do! But when it comes to part 5… meh! Not bad but nothing great… And Freddy’s Dead… Again… Not great!
But when you really think about it, there really is something there… It stops being about Freddy’s most recent victims… But something more! There is an intricate story line, of people finding out what is going on when their friends are being butchered! People going to battle with Freddy… Some of them win… And some of them don’t, but in the end, he is an unstoppable force!
Now the opposite can also be said to be true to some extent to… The reason why I am not out boycotting some truly terrible remakes is because, when you stop looking at them as remakes, you begin to see them as something more! Like a decent (albeit rarely ever great,) but decent stand alone film!
And in alot of respects I see that with the Alien franchise… You know, for whatever reason alot of the original movies were plagued by movies that got progressively worse and worse!
Here is what I mean:
- Alien (1979): Legendary!
- Aliens (1986): Epic
- Alien 3 (1992): Fun
- Alien Ressurrection (1997): What the fuck?
- Prometheus (2012): Decent
- Alien: Convenant (2017): I Haven’t seen it yet… So I really could not tell you.
Now when you look at each individual movie they are what they are… (You have seen my opinion of the movie series to date indivually.) Now when you look at them from the perspective of the over all franchise, ‘story line’ they tend to paint a very interesting and engaging movie series!
I mean you are looking at over 400 years of history in the franchise… And honestly, even the worst of the franchise in my opinion is made just a little bit better when you realize the significance that film in relation to the over all story line!
Give it a try… Try starting with Prometheus, and work your way to Alien Resurrection, and let me know what you think of it in the over all story line!
Until then, here are the trailers for the movies!