When I say this I am saying it without sarcasm or irony.
"Come back AVP-2004, all is forgiven!"
Amazing a film from 15 years ago still looks like it was made by people who gave a damn, and yes that includes Paul W S Anderson.
Not a classic due to rating, modern day Earth setting and oddly lacking suspense- but absolutely top notch practical effects, sets and suitmation stuntwork.
I admire plenty about AVP as well, and how you put it has been my feeling for awhile now. I obviously nit pick and wish a lot was different with the film and even so with all other Alien/Predator films. But just in this movie’s case, I really appreciate the practical and special effects and suitwork for this film. I would have loved more City Hunter/Wolf style predators in AVP in a way, but there was still a lot of design put into the armour, weapons, etc., that I like more and more still. However, Scar’s face could have certainly been more intimidating/scary for sure & why do I feel like the eye contacts Ian Whyte had in this ADI Behind the Scenes video did not come out as well in the final movie? Maybe the lighting/shots? I feel like he still wore them but they looked more human-like in the film and not as much of a yellow color
Otherwise, I will say again that I think AVP took advantage of it’s budget in a lot of ways or at least I feel that the production value and effects still hold up very well today. I especially like for one example, how the Queen Alien was handled in AVP, it had great overall practical/special effects in all scenes I felt. And AVP looks even better in the collection of all related films when we get silly CGI from films like The Predator. I enjoy my favorite parts in the new predator film, but they really messed with too much stuff and I’m still disappointed with the lack of practical predator suit use/screen time
I do still like the Fugitive Predator actually and don’t mind having him in the lineup of all feature film predators.