The hype was tangible, nomadic geeks from far away lands made the long trek to their nearest cinematic theatre to see what was heralded as the Rosetta stone of sci-fi.
Yes, Ridley Scott’s chest bursting return to the genre that made him a millionaire; Prometheus, has landed. And, rather than being disenchanted with a franchise that has recently brought us buddy movie Alien vs Predator, fans were positively invigorated because Ridley was back in the saddle.
And, the result was good, however, it is not the return to greatness that the sycophantic online dwellers had built it up to be and no way near the original classic or even the greatness of Blade Runner. The latter was not only Scott’s last foray into science fiction but also his last truly great film. Even his first collaboration with portly hobo Russell Crowe, the Oscar winning Gladiator, in the cold light of day, should not even be mentioned in the same breath.
Scott is undoubtedly a titan of cinema. Most directors never make one film as good as Alien or Blade Runner, but of course he did it twice and that is something no one, not even that Columbus film he did in 1992, can take away from him.
The fact is though, he has lost his edge, and he lost it a long time ago. It has happened to many great film makers of his generation- just look at Francis Ford Coppola.
Another name from the 70s that springs to mind is Peter Bogdanovich, who despite making two of the defining films of the decade; The Last Picture Show and Paper Moon, has proceeded to make rubbish ever since and has all but retired.
Don’t get me wrong, Ridley Scott still makes good films, but he really should leave his classics alone. The news that he is returning to Blade Runner puts the fear of my god in me- and I’m an atheist.
Why doesn’t he resurrect Thelma and Louise for a jaunty sequel? Or even Demi Moore (I’m guessing she’s available) for a G.I Jane reboot?
Of course, money is always the boss in Hollywood. And, judging by the reception of Prometheus, Scott will continue to try and recapture his old magic with inevitably mixed results.