Movie: Alien Trilogy
My Rating: 5 stars
I really have a soft spot in my heart for these movies. I’ve loved them ever since I was a little kid. Now, I don’t know how appropriate this was, but when we were little kids, my brother and I had a baby sitter introduce us to these fine films. Yes, it was a teenage boy babysitter (guy babysitters were always the most fun). And, fortunately for him, we loved the movies. We enjoyed them so much that we watched them over and over again, any time we had a little free time. I remember that I was a little nervous before watching the first one the first time, because the picture on the VHS box was really scary. But, after actually seeing the movies, all that fear melted away. So, maybe there’s a case to be made for pressuring crybaby kids into doing things that may frighten them. Because, even though I was initially pretty reticent, the experience ultimately made me a much braver kid. I at least learned that it was my imagination that was scaring me the most. And, I discovered some really exciting sci-fi!
I think it was definitely these movies that sparked my interest in stories about bad-ass ladies, running around with heavy artillery, gunning down monsters. Some of these franchises are better than others, but this series has always been my favorite. It could be that I’m just nostalgic, but I genuinely think these are great movies. For me, these films are all about Sigourney Weaver. Now, that’s a lady who really knows her way around a loading dock! She’s so tough and confident and independent. But, I guess being a killing machine is ultimately a lonely life. There’s nothing that’ll get you killed off faster than becoming the romantic interest of a machine-gun-toting, alien hunter.
Each of the films in the trilogy has its own, unique mood and character. The first is a pure suspense film. Number two is a rough-and-tumble action film, complete with space-marines and flamethrowers. And, the third film is a quieter, more contemplative piece. (I view the ill-advised, fourth installment as a different creature entirely. It’s more of a grotesque, horror piece, and doesn’t really feel like a natural part of the series. But, oh well). I try to get as many people as possible to watch these movies. They’re classics. Of course, this is a pretty hard sell for people who don’t like scary movies. Because, they have a reputation for being pretty intense. And, while I do view these movie as in the action/adventure genre, they are pretty bloody and tense. But hey, if a little, nine-year-old girl could handle it, then so can you.