I hadn't watched this one since it came out, and it was slightly better than I remember.
The story is fine, and the villains aren't as forgettable as the ones in Die Hard 2. Also, the characters are a lot of fun (not as funny as the ones in the third film, though), and there are some really spectacular action scenes.
Far from the best film in the series, but it's still pretty damn entertaining.
First off, I just want to say: yeah, I know the film has gotten a lot of negative reviews.
While I can admit that it's got a lot of flaws, I still enjoyed this film really much. The acting was good, the characters were really interesting (they should have been developed better, though), the 70's music was awesome, and I thought it was a pretty damn dark comedy.
Johnny Depp was great as the vampire Barnabas, both funny yet ruthless. Chloe Moretz was fun as well, although she could've been used more. Jackie Earle Hayley was absolutely hilarious, and had surprisingly much screen time. The rest of the cast was fine, but I gotta say that Eva Green stole the show as the villain, Angelique.
She was completely over the top and much fun, yet very threatening at the same time.
Overall, I don't really know if I should recommend it or not, but I had a blast watching it.
The characters were lacking a personality, the film never stayed at a place for more than a couple of minutes, the villains were pretty weak (especially the final battle), and the voice-over tried to make the film seem deep and important, while it just annoyed me.
I can say some good things about it, though. I liked the action-scenes, and the effects/make-up was really damn good.
Great film, like I've said before, but I think it's a step-down from the original, since it hasn't the same atmosphere and horror like the first one. It feels more like another typical monster-infestation film.
A half-decent sequel. It has some parts that I like, for example the relationship between Ripley and Clemens, but it has a lot of stupid characters and moments too.
The acting is really uneven too, since it's got great actors like Sigourney Weaver and Charles Dance, but most of the other acting is really goofy and not so good.
The CGI is absolutely horrendous, which is a shame since the practical effects are damn great. Also, I don't think the alien in this is that unique, since it looks just like a regular xenomorph, only the color on it is lighter and it moves differently.
One thing I really like is the ending, and I thought it was a great way to end the franchise. Unfortunately, it wasn't the real ending...
The film on it's own is bad, but far from the worst thing I've seen. But in a great film series like Alien, it's really awful and unnecessary.
They ruin the Ripley-character, with taking away the likability and most of the motherly side of the character, and giving her silly "superpowers". Also, General Perez has to be one of the most idiotic characters I've ever seen on screen and seems more like a caricature, than a character, and the goofiness doesn't fit in a film part of the alien-franchise. Sure, the series have had a couple of goofy characters like Hudson from "Aliens", but he was at least funny and not absolutely incompetent.
The rest of the cast ranges from awesome to just meh. I liked Brad Dourif's character and Ron Perlman's character, since they were by far the most fun characters to watch. While I like Winona Ryder, she was pretty "meh" and slightly annoying at times.
The kills are really cool though, and the climax have some fantastic and inventive gore scenes. I also like the visuals as well, and they're far better than "Alien 3"'s prison setting, in my opinion.
I really dislike the ending to this one, since it's pretty weak and open.