I enjoyed 'Prometheus' myself I have to say. But only after I had watched it in cinemas twice and let it bubble around my brain for a few days afterwards and also have some conversations about it with other people.
Ridley Scott's sci-fi epic that sorta is and sorta isn't a prequel to his own 'Alien' is indeed a very different film to what I think many were expecting it to be. That was fine and didn't bother me because I didn't especially want to just see Xenomorph's running around tearing flesh apart. I can watch the 'Alien vs Predator' films for that really. 'Prometheus' has bigger fish and themes and ideas to fry and if it doesn't entirely succeed in making complete sense out of itself (seemingly intentionally) then it remains fascinating for what it tries to do more than what it succeeds at. There are BIG ideas bubbling around the crew of the 'Prometheus' and her crew's journey into the stars following what they believe to be an invitation to try and knock on the front door of our Creation story itself...................but like any large door, they will discover that some are not supposed to be opened by us. And while it doesn't succeed in making them all work 'Prometheus' primary advantage remains that it at least HAS ideas within it.
With mostly good performances (especially Micheal Fassbender as David but also Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw - our new Ripley like strong female centrepiece), some utterly beautiful set design and startling visual effects and one disturbing sequence in particular that gets as close as any other 'Alien' universe film ever has to creating a rival to John Hurt's famous sequence the film only starts to really lose it's way once it seems to realise that it only has about a half hour left to bring itself to a conclusion. The final third is where the film starts to feel rushed and begins to lose focus. However, there are going to be substantial additional scenes on thehome release version of the film in the form of deleted scenes which may well help this section of the film out. At the moment, I'm inclined to think Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof do have some inkling of where they want to take 'Prometheus' (and my hope is that it tangenitises further away from 'Alien' specifically rather than slavishly going towards it) because the film itself quite blatantly sets itself out by the end as only a piece of a much larger story. That's a flaw in the film as well in fairness, but it appears the film has been successful enough that at least one sequel may just come along. Hopefully, with Ridley Scott returning at the helm as well.
I would actually want to give it more along the lines of three and a half stars, but I wouldn't give it as low as three so I'm giving it four stars at this point.
This version of the film comes fully loaded with the 3D version of the film, the standard 2D version and is also fully kitted out with a wealth of extra material including the massive documentary 'Furious Gods: The Making of Prometheus' which itself has links to even more material (inluding literally hundreds of concept art photos and drawings) and exhaustively covers the making of the film from inception to it's final version. There are two commentary tracks (one from Ridley Scott and a combined commentary from the two writers Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof) and a further extensive set of deleted scenes running to over 30 minutes of material. There are areas where the criticism's the film recieved are addressed quite openly but I guess it would be up the viewer to decide whether or not that helps with their reception of the film (since I don't think there's been a more divisive film this year).
All in I still want to see what happens next!