(huge spoilers ahead)
Prometheus is a very interesting film. Not just because it's very vague, and mysterious, the audience reaction of this film is as fascinating. Honestly, I really like this film. Beautiful cinematography, stunning visual effects, strong main cast performances and an overall intriguing science fiction film full of ideas and imagination.
Prometheus is set in a not too distant future, years before the events of Alien and follows a group of scientist on a remote planet seeking the mystery behind the origin of life. As they explore a cavern, they discover something more sinister than they have expected it to be. I saw this film in a gigantic screen and I am so glad that I did. The film is a visual marvel, one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen and on a very huge cinema screen, it really shines and it is also one of very few films where 3D enhances the film rather than being a gimmick. It also contains in my opinion, one of the best performances of the 2012 and that is Michael Fassbender's portrayal of Dave the Android and the rest of the main cast is great too. Noomi Rapace does a great homage to Ellen Ripley, Idris Elba is as cool as he has ever been and the oh so gorgeous Charlize Theron gives her usual cold performance which she does so well. While I do like this film, there are some problems and certain things that I didn't like. The plot execution is quite cluttered though it didn't bother me as other people were and there are good amounts of plot holes here and there. While the main cast is great, the majority of the supporting cast are hit and miss; some are likeable, some are quite dumb, some are hugely forgettable. I also found Guy Pearce's casting as the 100+ year old Peter Weyland quite strange as they could get a much older actor to play as him (though later, I'll explain why) like oh, I don't know, Mickey Rooney or Robert Duvall.
The first time I went into this film, my expectations was that it is set in the same universe as Alien but I didn't know it was a slight prequel until the end. The expectations from Alien's reputation is most likely to blame for Prometheus' mixed press. It didn't surprise me the least bit when Prometheus gained a mixed-mostly negative reaction from people. The overall consensus was that it had a very confusing plot, lack of character and contained numerous amount of plot holes. Well, I kind of agree to an extent. Rather than confusing, I found the plot more mysterious and the plot holes, while some are a bit of an annoyance, became more of a puzzle to solve but I generally agree that the plot is the film's weakest aspect. Although, I think the mysterious plot adds to it as it asks more questions than answering them and bolsters the ideas it conveys. Ridley Scott's two other science fiction films, Alien and especially Bladerunner are films that lets the audience speculate what all the themes and ideas meant and personally, that's what makes a great science fiction film.
Watching it again, the second viewing made the film better to a good degree. Anything that I missed the first time in the cinema, I quickly got most of it. The plot made more sense and some plot holes were filled because you knew what was going to happen. Of course, having the bluray copy, it is a necessity to watch the deleted and alternate scenes and some special short clips. These extras made the film more fascinating than it already was and some scenes made some characters more interesting. The alternate beginning and ending scenes will either answer or add more questions to the film's plot but are overall not that necessary and some deleted scenes could have change some aspects of the film, the most striking example is Charlize Theron's character, Meredith Vickers. In the film, she is portrayed as a cold, serious and seemingly heartless character in the film and while I enjoyed Charlize's portrayal, her personality made me dislike her and didn't care much when she gets crushed by a crashing ship but in the deleted scenes, she is a lot more sympathetic. The first deleted scene, after she kills Elizabeth's (Rapace) boyfriend because of his mutation, she breaks down, guilt stricken later in her chambers and the second deleted scene where she interacts with her father, Peter Weyland, she begs him not to go to the cavern and after he gets killed, she breaks down in tears. The film shows none of these seemingly important scenes, overall making her a bit of a bitch and I really hope Ridley Scott adds if he does an extended/director's cut. Commentaries are available in all scenes and it shows from Ridley's and the crew's comments that the film had some constraints in runtime as well as trying to make the film as mysterious as possible. There are also clips that act as a prologue, introducing characters and explaining their origins. There are also clips of Peter Weyland when he was younger and is played by Guy Pearce without the prosthetic wrinkles so it felt more appropriate than strange since this was before but they still could've gotten a much older actor.
I predict, and some people are predicting that in years time, this will be regarded as a classic as Prometheus is in the same spotlight of criticisms Alien and Bladerunner were when they came out. The bluray version of Prometheus is a recommended buy, especially if you are fascinated by the film's ideas and sense of mystery. Certain clips add to the character's origins and while some of the alternate scenes are not really needed and some deleted scenes should have been added to the film itself, it gives the film more content and a bit of depth.