I remember very well the day when I went watching Alien Covenant. It was a pretty day. Clear sky. I had spent some quality time with a friend in the previous hours. I was so hopeful and excited when entering the theater.
1 - I loved Prometheus to DEATH (despite its flaws)
2 - Covenant was a break from YEARS of complete boycott of Hollywood movies (for political, artistic and aesthetics reasons)
3 - It was was also one month after I moved out from Paris, setting in East France instead.
So watching Alien Covenant was an important step for me: a sequel to a movie I adored, a way to say "Hello again" to USA cinema and a gift to myself, to welcome myself into my new city.
And... what I saw was pure shit.
I hated the film so much. It destroyed everything I loved in Prometheus: the relative absence of Aliens (because I share Scott's feeling about this, the traditional Alien is cooked, it's been overdone), the grandiose atmosphere, the existential themes, the splendid scenery, the amazing Engineers design and the biomechanical technology.
In a lot of ways, it felt like a caricature of Prometheus, and simultaneously an insult to it (particularly Shaw's offscreen fate). The intriguing Deacon was turned into the useless Neomorphs, the ambiguous David became a straight serial killer and half-symbolical rapist, the human crew was ten times more stupider, Weyland in the prologue was gratuitously unsensitive and tyrannic, etc etc.
Other choices are just terrible, such as the pseudo-primitive architecture or the forest world... I'm sick to death of Canada Planet.
f**k Ridley Scott. f**k this movie. I was so joyful and confident in the movie when entering the theaters, I just wanted to give a nice gift to myself, Agent Cooper style.
And WHAT A GIFT IT WAS.
I just hoped for a nice Alien flick, I wasn't even hoping for Prometheus 2, I just wanted a nice horror movie with good monsters, a decent story.
For very personal reasons, this is the WORST MOVIE.
And you? How did you feel?