It’s pretty clear at this stage that Alien: Covenant is both a sequel to and a reaction against the coolly-received Prometheus. This is the most Alien-looking Alien movie since, well, Alien. Whether this is a return to form or an overdose of Memberberries remains to be seen.
But in the meantime, look at that! Look at that goddamn Alien headbutting the canopy pane to get at poor old Danny McBride! The corridors, children! The corridors! All that dripping rain and strobing light and chiaroscuro and the promise of something terrible in the shadows – it’s hard not to feel some kind of primal reaction to this kind of stimuli – even after Prometheus, the very idea of Ridley Scott returning to this franchise is too weighted to ignore. So yes, we’re on board for this.
The only thing that gives us pause is that mention of wheat, which brings to mind the hoary old Chariots of the Gods nonsense that was introduced in Prometheus. Less of that, please.
Starring Katherine Waterston, Demián Bichir, James Franco, Danny McBride, Callie Hernandez, Billy Crudup, and Michael Fassbender, Alien: Covenant is in cinemas from May 18, 2017.