I’ve seen Prometheus twice and it’s a beautiful but intellectually empty film. The Ridley Scott Alien prequel is a weird and unsatisfying mix of SciFi and teen slasher movie. There are scientists exploring an alien planet, but they’re as stupid as co-eds in a haunted summer cabin. The story is also a hodgepodge of ideas and entities, leading nowhere rewarding. Which is a shame, because it’s a beautiful film with fascinating ideas buried underneath.
I’ve actually spent a lot of time wondering what Prometheus could have been, which is why I was very interested to find the original script online.
Prometheus went through a lot of rewrites and the lead Charlize Theron had scheduling conflicts and had to switch into a supporting role. The script, I thought, felt like it had been rewritten by committee, and badly. And, IMHO, the original script Jon Spaiths is much better.
The script explains a lot that the film leaves out and ultimately makes a lot more sense. In the film, and this is a spoiler I suppose, it’s not exactly clear what the engineers were doing on earth, but that’s more clearly said and explained in the script. There are also fewer unnecessary characters (like the last fellow revealed in the film) and the ending makes a lot more sense.
The film Prometheus remains worth watching, it’s really quite beautiful, especially the opening scene. They should, however, have stuck with the original script.