Alien 3

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Ok, scratch this off my list for Boxing Day viewing. I watched it last night and finished it this morning. I’ll have to find something to replace it. Just so you know, I’ll kill anyone who recommends Alien Resurrection. Anyone who knows my taste in movies will know that Aliens was my absolute fave in the franchise (as with a large portion of the population) followed by the original, then Alien 3 and Resurrection doesn’t even rank in my list as it sucked so badly.

Rewatching A3 last night made me re-evaluate my views on this film. Oh sure, it’s still in third place but its gaining ground on the original with each viewing. I’m going to admit something here which I wouldn’t have done a few years ago…I don’t hate it. In fact, I’m really starting to enjoy it. The basic premise of the movie and the characters (what we get to see of them and know about their little quirks and sordid histories) are interesting. The problem is not with the plot, the dialogue*, or the camera work. The script could have been better but I’d like to spend 5 minutes alone in a locked room with the idiot who edited this film together. While the special edition (Assembly cut?) in the Quadrilogy boxed set is a bet better than the theatrical version, it still seems to have huge gaps missing and important scenes which weren’t included.

I could have done without Charles Dance as Mr. Clemens, the disgraced doctor, but the rest of the actors were well cast: Charles S. Dutton as the religious leader of the remaining prisoners, Danny Webb as Morse, the hilarious Ralph Brown as the incompetent “85”, Pete Postlethwaite, and Paul McGann as Golic. Now there’s a character I would have enjoyed seeing more of (I loooooove me some Paul McGann – except as Dr. Who). Golic was an important character in the plot but there are huge plot holes and **SPOILER** after releasing the alien, he disappears (although it can be assumed that it killed him).

Oh how I’d love there to be a 3 hour version of this film…

So there you go, I’ll never complain about this movie again (other than the problems with the editing/plot issues). It’s growing on me, like a chestburster gestating inside an unwilling victim.

* With the exception of Ripley uttering the line: "We're crud." Followed by the f-word. She couldn't say shit? That's just cheesey.

11 comments:

Milla said...

The Alien movies are some of my favorite films of all times. This third one is strange for me, I LOVE the atmosphere, the building, so gothic, and Charles Dance is so handsome. But there is something in it which doesn't convince me 100%. Perhaps it is the way it ends...

SME said...

My dad and little bro LOVE LOVE LOVE the Alien films, but they just don't do anything for me...Z. even has a face-sucker plushie...

Heather said...

My favourite will always be movie number 2. The extended director's cut is a thing of beauty. You've seriously gotta move to Calgary so we could have movie nights. Or maybe when they finally put in the bullet train, I'll shuttle on up to you.

mister anchovy said...

An unpopular view: if I never saw one of the films in that franchise, I don't think I'd miss it.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I never saw the third one. I loved the second one and I liked the last one. Don't tell anyone but I've never seen the first one all the way through.

Sheamus the... said...

My only complaint with this film is the freaking CG alien. We had made it this far with no CG and now anytime we are not CU we are using CG. It sucked. As far as the movie on a whole. I agree with you and like it...a lot. A4? IN my opinion it was never created.

Gardenia said...

It has been a long time since I've seen these. If I remember right, the third one was kind of old hat, but then I'm not sure I watched it all.

Randal Graves said...

I still love the first one the most, having seen it on cable when I was a wee lad aeons ago, but two is excellent - obviously! - and three certainly has its moments.

Karen said...

Milla: Not a fan of Chuck D. but I can see the attraction. And you're definately right about the ending of #3. What were they thinking?

SME: Colour me jealous of Z. I've seen the plushies on the interwebby but am afraid to have one in the house. What if it attacks me in the middle of the night? Eeeek!

Heather: Ditto and yeeeee haw! Come on Steady Eddie, get to work on that train!

Mr. A: It's okay that you haven't seen it - the genre isn't everyone's cup of tea. I'll forgive you this time around.

Karen said...

Dr. M: You liked Resurrection? I can't talk to you anymore.

Shea: yep, the CG was terrible. I remember seeing this for the first time with friends who were die hard Alien fans. Each and everyone groaned out loud when we first saw that thing. You just knew this wasn't going to live up to the previous films.

Gardenia: I liked that it kept the feel of the first one in the sense of the the single alien and the dark atmosphere as Milla wrote. Give it another go and see what you think.

Karen said...

Randal: 3 definately has it's appeal but the parts that are bad, are REALLY bad (the ending, the CG, the big holes...). I wish that I had seen the films in order but my first experience with the franchise was seeing Aliens in the theatre. Perhaps if I had seen the original first I would appreciate it more.

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