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Ridley Scott Films - Ranked
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Terrible. Tim Curry saves it from getting the lowest score, as he is wonderfully over the top. While the effects and make-up is excellent, this film is drowned in Ridley Scott's vision. This is an adventure that is too dark for it's own good, there is no fun or charm in it. The characters are completely uninteresting , there is no one you can relate to. There is no good hero here, I don't care if the good triumphs over evil. And when I feel like that in a genre film like this, there is something wrong.
The film features Tom Cruise in one of his first roles, but you don't really notice him. He is the film's hero, but he is drowned in all the effects and in the big production that nearly anyone could have played him. Scott doesn't manage to bring out the "hero" in him, because he is to focused in creating the fairy tale universe. But he does the mistake of focusing to much of the darkness. Creating a film that there is no fun in. A film that will probably scare the young viewers, and is too childish for the rest.
The Counselor (2013)
You can't blame anyone for getting excited about a Ridley Scott film with names such as Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz attached to it. Which is why it's so incredibly disappointing to see that the film failed to deliver. It's a slow film that fails to be interesting in its overly written dialogue, and it's not visually creative enough to compensate for the lack of thrills.
This is Cormac McCarthy's first shot at a screenplay, and this film should be shown as an example of how writing screenplays for films are very much different as opposed to writing books. Film is visual art. The Counselor feels like someone is reading from a book.
Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
Ridley Scott knows how to put together a spectacle. He's surely an efficient filmmaker that knows his job very well. Unfortunately he has become somewhat of a hit-or-miss director for me. Particularly during his recent years. His version of this biblical story is one of his weaker films. It got good visuals and Christian Bale delivers a great performance, but this is a tale that has been told so many times, that it really needed something extra special for it to fully immerse me. It didn't. What we have here is an action-heavy retelling, but it is still a bit dull. The script is not all that engaging and it seems to be unable to live up to its own ambitions - providing only surface level fare of insight into its themes and material.
Body of Lies (2008)
All the Money in the World (2017)
Blade Runner (1982)
Aside from some outdated technological equipment, Blade Runner holds up extraordinarily well in the visual department. It looks gorgeous. The special effects, art direction and cinematography that have been used in order to build this dystopian sci-fi world is quite simply top-noth. So is the music from Vangelis. Which is why it's such a shame that, aside from on a technical level, I can't appreciate Blade Runner.
It's a film that heavily deals with visual immersion and themes, more than action and suspense. Which I'm totally fine with. The problem is that besides admiration of the visuals, I don't care about anything else and to be very simplistic, I find the film to be boring. This has nothing to do with me lacking the attention for a film like this, as I've seen and enjoyed plenty of films that moves much slower than Blade Runner. The problem is that I don't find the story or its themes emotionally gripping, and thus, I'm left with very little.
While being superbly acted and entertaining, Hannibal just doesn't live up to the expectations set by The Silence of the Lambs or even Red Dragon. The problem lies mostly in the filmmakers tendency to focus more on the violence surrounding this characters as opposed to his intellect. Which is ultimately the trait that makes Hannibal fascinating.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Prometheus is a difficult film to judge. On one hand it's a brilliantly crafted visceral sci-fi experience that carries a great amount of intensity and body horror though its gorgeous visuals and flawless sound design. On the other hand it's a film that's plagued by dumb characters doing really stupid things that makes no sense in any way whatsoever. It's also a film that is so ambitious on a thematic level that it doesn't entirely succeed in reaching its own grasp. Thus making Prometheus enjoyable and frustrating at the same time.
Alien: Covenant (2017)
Alien: Covenant is both a step up and a step down from what Prometheus was. In the end it feels like two entirely different films fighting for the same spot. That being Ridley Scott wanting to tell a philosophical story of creation and the horrors of it, one he started with in Prometheus and the studio wanting to toss more alien action at us. Resulting in a lot of familiarity that doesn't mix as well with Ridley Scott's new ideas. The action sequences are certainly satisfying on a very simple enjoyment level, though I do personally wish that we had seen less of the creatures.
So the film is essentially just not quite there. It's viscerally great for sure. The cinematography and production design is top-notch while the visual effects are as great as one would expect from a major Hollywood release. Michael Fassbender is also delightful. So it's entertaining and all that. It's just that in the story department the film is limping. I would like the studio to either let Ridley Scott go all in for his philosophical mumbo-jumbo, or just hire someone to do a full-blown Alien film without any of that.
Black Hawk Down (2002)
Matchstick Men (2003)
The Martian (2015)
Visually pleasing, emotionally effective, edge-on-your-seat thrilling and quite funny. The Martian is a damned fine sci-fi film. You might never truly fear for Matt Damon's life, as he's stranded on Mars, but Ridley Scott injects this film with so much energy and life that one can't avoid grinning throughout the film.
The film is naturally bolstered a lot by Damon's excellent performance, and one is heavily reliant to get under his skin in order for huge parts of this film to work. This works exceptionally well, as he's extremely likeable.
In many ways you could think of Alien as Jaws in space. It manages to keep and maintain suspense in the same way as Jaws do, and it releases tension just as successfully when we finally get to see the alien. "Less is more" works brilliantly here, letting us just suck in the atmosphere. The alien is, by the way, perhaps the most awesomely designed monster in film history.
American Gangster (2007)
Robin Hood (2010)
I'll just say what everyone should be thinking; Robin Hood is one of the most underrated films of all time. I can't wrap my head around it. The mediocre critical reception and that it's now generally overlooked and forgotten. It might not be the good, old jolly Robin Hood and his merry men, but it's nonetheless a true epic in scale. In many ways its a new Gladiator. Entertaining, darker and wonderfully acted. And the music. Wow. Great!
A true epic. I love this film. Everything from Ridley Scott's grand scale and vision, to Russell Crowe's masterful performance. The beautiful soundtrack, the dazzling cinematography and the heartbreaking, yet cheerful story. It's a film that never fails to entertain or emotionally engage me. I'm with it all the way through. I cheer with the Roman audience when Maximus succeeds and tears nearly arrive when his demise is a fact.
Gladiator is a masterpiece. It is without any doubt one of my favourite films of all time. Which is probably why I liked Scott and Crowe's similar Robin Hood so much?
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