Generally, I think fanboys are ridiculous.
There they are. All worked up over something. Me? I’m a cool 25% hipster who has the right perspective on stuff, not getting caught up in all that. Sure, I’ve seen Avengers twice in the theatres and might go a third time, not because I have 20,000 comic books in a storage unit, but because it’s a quality product.
Last week, my wife and I had an argument, an actual argument involving anger and frustration, because we disagree over Prometheus. She kept pointing out problems with plotting, character, story, and all kinds of things while I just shrugged and said, “sure, but that didn’t bother me.” We eventually stopped talking about it and now we are mildly amused by “the incident” but, a nagging thought crept into my mind. Could it be that I am a fanboy?
Let’s be clear: Riddly Scott has directed many, many films that have not resonated with me. Gladiator, for example,
is a huge disaster is not to my taste. Does that mean that I am, unbeknownst to my conscious mind, an Alien fanboy?
Well, I do own the box set. But! I don’t watch them often. People (my wife) have remarked with bewilderment upon how I feel about he individual films: I like 1, 3, & 4, but 2 is slow, boring, and makes my feet fall asleep (and I thought Alien Vs. Predator was okay, but ultimately disappointing and I don’t intend to see the second one). Worse yet, I saw 4 in the theatre three time. What? It was directed by the guy from City of Lost Children and scripted by Joss Whedon. Okay, the ending was unfortunate, but the rest of it was good! I said it, Alien Resurrection is not suck!
Now, Prometheus is without a doubt a prequel. The visuals are great, the direction solid, the acting is mostly on point. But the story… Well… It’s not entirely… But that’s not the point! I don’t need the story to be awesome, I just want… Hmmmm. I wonder. Am I?