It comes down to hype and the internet. Years ago before the internet you would hang around in your social groups and you might go out for a night out with your mates and catch a movie, if you liked it you would tell other friends and you would end up with word of mouth. But now thanks to the internet the amount of hype that gets generated for movies becomes intense.
Now there are two types of hype, prometheus suffered from the first which was people assuming this would be the greatest movie ever made in history and people having a full year to obsess about it. I guess it would be like going out with a hot chick and wanting to get it on with her but having to wait a full year and when you finally do rock the casbah she isn't what you were expecting. Although the way people bitch about the movie it would be like if she dropped her pants after a year and was really a dude and she had a bigger nob then you as well just to really rub it in.
People were also kept in the dark so there were a lot of people playing the guessing game which is also never a good thing. For instance people were assuming that alien harvest would be the story for the movie or that there were actually xenomorphs in the film, i remember there were supposedly leaked scripts that turned out to be fake. There were people saying they knew people who worked on the film and they saw alien costumes on the set. This all feeds the imagination and the expectations. So the cogs in the brain start to turn and you start to build up a picture which eventually turns out to be different from the one you end up seeing. Then when the movie didn't live up to there perceptions or lofty expectations they get annoyed.
Now Alien was a horror movie but james camerons film Aliens was more of an action/war film and some people were annoyed at the time but there wasn't a platform to vent your hate like there is now with the internet. I realised right at the begining that prometheus was going to be different just from the opening music and to me this was more of an exploration film. So Alien is horror, aliens is action and prometheus was adventure/exploration 50's style sci-fi, the problem comes when people say we wanted more of a horror film which we got with alien 3 which everybody hated or more of an action film which we got from alien resurrection and which everybody hated, so ridley gave us something new, but you had so many people wanting it to be different things that you were always going to have a lot of people that were going to be disappointed.
I personally just wanted to see something different so i was happy although the movie does have it's short comings but nothing major in my opinion. I personally think and again this is only my opinion but the people who complain about the movie constantly and i mean constantly are probably sad and have no lives so were pinning everything on this one movie, god forbid if they ever got a girlfriend and then they were cheated on. They would probably take to facebook to vent there abuse at the guy that was banging there girl while they were caught up writing abusive things to david lindeloff on twitter or to people on youtube that say they enjoyed the movie although i can never actually see this becoming an eventuality. All in all it's just a movie these people need to let it go, they may feel cheated but i don't think they really know what cheated is. But in the day and age we live in every dickhead gets a voice thanks to the internet, that is why you get people calling people who like twillight names and people who are fans of nolan names and being an arm chair critic on everything, you only have to look at imdb to see this and it comes from both sides.
Now the second kind of hype comes after people have seen the movie so there isn't that much invested interest from the person the film is being hyped to like batman begins for instance. I was told this movie was really good and i went to see it and thought it was okay and then the same thing happened with the dark knight, i didn't enjoy either and decided against seeing the third movie, but i didn't bitch and wine about it because i hadn't spent a year of my life anticipating it although even if i had i would still just think wow that was a shit movie and then carry on living my life.
So to sum up a film like prometheus was always going to upset some people because it was so anticipated and you cannot please everyone, if you repeat yourself then it is same old same old and if you give people something new then some people will take to it and some people won't. But it is the internet which has led to the amount of spite that people unleash now, i think in a way the internet can be quite harmfull to certain people and i think it has had a negative impact on normal civil social conventions.
Main reasons for the intense dissapointment, I think, are:
1) Love for Alien
3) The question laden script
Remember the Star Wars prequels? I'm not saying Prometheus is at all in the same dire league as them, but a similar thing has happened with fans.
MadEye said:There's also the Lindelof haters...
There's also the Lindelof haters...
Carrot said:LOST fans are complete nut jobsthey used to bug me over how great and well written the series was, praising it nonstop, saying it's the best show of all timethen after the FINAL episode they turn and say it's the worst thing of all timeI don't care about lostI've never cared about lostThese people belong in Arkham Asylum
LOST fans are complete nut jobsthey used to bug me over how great and well written the series was, praising it nonstop, saying it's the best show of all timethen after the FINAL episode they turn and say it's the worst thing of all timeI don't care about lostI've never cared about lostThese people belong in Arkham Asylum
fifield said:People don't like it because "how dos she run with a c sexshun xD"
People don't like it because "how dos she run with a c sexshun xD"
pfusr said: fifield said:People don't like it because "how dos she run with a c sexshun xD"there was a big earthquake in NZ in teh 80s. There was an article in the paper about a man who had a silo fall on him inside a large agricultural building, breaking his pelvis. He hotfooted it out of there, managing to sprint with all speed even with the broken pelvis.catecholamines. better than sliced bread when the shit hits the fan :)
pro_metheus_fan said:Although the way people bitch about the movie it would be like if she dropped her pants after a year and was really a dude and she had a bigger nob then you as well just to really rub it in.
Although the way people bitch about the movie it would be like if she dropped her pants after a year and was really a dude and she had a bigger nob then you as well just to really rub it in.
With the sequel and possibly a third film we will see how big the fan base is by the amount of money it makes and tickets that are sold, if the sequel bombs then i would say the fan base is probably smaller then fox had anticipated and then maybe the film would have a chance at cult status one day.
But i think that the audience is a lot bigger then anybody thinks, after all there are a lot of normal people out there that enjoy movies to and are not like the kind of loonies you get on imdb or these blog sites. The people i'm talking about are normally known or define themselves as "fanboys" and "haters" from what i know, i think virgins would probably be a better word for them but i know that these people who are still fighting in a long prolonged war about whether the movie was actually any good or not are not representative of the common working man or ordinary people, although for some fucked up reason they seem to think they are. But it is my opinion that the sequel will make money, plus you will have toys and merchandise etc which will no doubt make it more of a part of pop culture if they sale well. Personally i can see fan conventions possibly twenty years from now if that's the case.
But to me prometheus will never be a cult classic because i think the fan base is actually larger then anybody knows. Everybody i have spoken to or am friendly with who has seen it who are just normal everyday people and not movie geeks liked it and wouldn't mind seeing a sequel. Some were a little underwhelmed but on the whole enjoyed it of course you never hear from any of these people on the internet because they don't post things on imdb or youtube.
So to me the question is will it become a classic? Blade runner started off as a cult classic because it's fan base was small but over time once critics had re-evalutaed it it became a sci-fi classic and is largely considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made, hence it's preservation in the national film registry in america. As for prometheus i don't know, the movie isn't perfect but if the film series has enough of an impact on pop culture then i think it might. It depends on the hysteria that gets built up for the sequel.
Star wars for instance in my opinion is not a particularly well directed film although it is a good movie but it's impact on society at the time is what i think has prepelled it to the level of praise it gets today meaning i think the toys and merchandising had a big part to play especially on young children and this was a movie the whole family could enjoy and it really did change the ball game in hollywood when it came to making money from movies. So maybe prometheus will be the same. Maybe the buzz and anticipation and virals etc will have been enough to change how films are marketed and maybe the open questions left in the movie will change how franchises are formatted this is the first movie i can think of that is the first in a proposed trilogy that asks this many questions and yet has gone on to earn over four hundred million dollars. It would be the first philosophical action/sci-fi trilogy ever made perhaps. I would just like to say my opinion on star wars is just that my opinion so if there are any star wars fans out there that are really upset with this comment then i apologise.
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