Wow, I was going to post this exact thread, but you beat me to the punch, Perfect-Organism
. I just rewatched AVPR after over a year's absence of it and while I was initially afraid that I wouldn't like the film as much as I did before, I discovered to my delight that it still provides great entertainment value, at least for me.
Tbh, I always suspected that the reason I liked AVPR while no one else did was because of my affinity to the EU of the AVP franchise. AVPR seems to share a lot in common with the comic books from Dark Horse so watching the film was like watching a motion capture of another comic book story.
Interestingly enough, I also felt like I could connect with many of the characters in the film, despite everybody's statements that all the characters were flat. When the film first came out I was 17 and I could really relate to Rick's character since he and I were about the same age. I also lived in what some could call a "hostile family" so I kind of grew on the idea of a protective older brother to help out when my onscreen movie avatar, Rick, got in trouble. I also loved the Ripley-Newt dynamic from Aliens and was so distraught when it ended in Alien 3, therefore when their modern day incarnation personified in the Kelly-Molly duo appeared, it also helped me love AVPR. These characters weren't cardboard stand-ins to me, like they were to everyone else, but they were people I kind of wished I could have been around during that age.
Yes. I can still watch AVPR and have a great time. I love the Predalien. It's a mean and frightening looking monster and didn't lose any of it's greatness. Wolf is still the best Predator, ever. Coming to earth to clean up the Alien infestation and wiping out every human that comes in his way. Even Miss Yutani appears at the end which is really cool. So yes, this movie is getting better and better. The only Alien related movie I like less and less is Prometheus. What a worthless piece of trash. Please go away, Prometheus.
I agree, Prometheus never should have been included in the AVP or Alien franchise. While I appreciate what Prometheus tried to do, I felt it ventured too far from what Alien was supposed to be and would have been better suited as its own separate franchise. Despite the fact that both AVP films flopped at the box office, they do provide a classic AVP vibe that really can't be replaced by whatever fancy spinoff/publicity stunt Ridley Scott can come up with.
I keep meaning to rewatch it; I've defended it in the past because I get what they were trying to do, but it poorly executed. I really must buy the Blu-Ray, I've read numerous times on here that it's a far better experience than the DVD because you can actually see what's going on.
That's true, but there was some sloppy editing in the Blu-Ray cut and Jesse's death in the Blu-Ray's unrated cut is the same as the theatrical; the DVD has the extended, gorier death.