Ridley Scott Fails To Recapture Magic

Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

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.

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.

Comments

  1. chris Wilson says:

    Hi Mark,

    I might agree with you on Blade Runner but I think you might need to revisit the first Alien film. While it’s production design was a landmark in film history, the story slides into a predictable monster on the loose scenario half way through with a slightly clumsy looking man in a suit picking off crew members one by one.

    I’d argue this film is a much more mature and thought provoking foray into space with much higher stakes. Granted, it might not be as tense as Alien but it’s more than a monster movie set in space.

    • Mark Hodge says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your great comment.

      Maybe Alien has dated somewhat- considering its age and the genre that is inevitable.

      I actually liked Prometheus although I don’t think it is as controlled as the original. The ‘Engineer’ aspect of the film had too many plot holes for me.

      Although, I like your point about it being more thought provoking. It is on the surface a more ambitious film. However, if you rewind to the 70s, Alien was a pretty ground breaking idea and overall it’s a stone cold classic.

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