Well after a couple viewings on DVD after one theatrical viewing, I still hold it in a positive light.
Just addressing a couple criticisms of the movie... The Music:
Were people expecting a more "Alienesque" scarry ambient music? I know I was at first, and the more melodic, slightly symphonic and choral music surprised me at first, but let's face it. This movie is more of a grand beginning, an exploration with the highest of hopes, of the wonderment of a distant and remote world and culture unknown.... and the obvious melancholy, menacing undertones- the opening music (which also plays while David is toying around with the engineer's controls of the holographic universe) sets the scene perfectly.
In fact the music has a more Star Trekkian feel and that's appropriate. Big adventure, big stakes, and big discoveries, good and bad (well, mostly bad
) The cold isolationist ambient of Alien isn't really the right tone you want.
Anyway the Star Trek reference leads me to the next often criticism The Dialogue
- this was a very corporate, top-down mission for many of the members of the crew. The parts where the captain is flying the ship, it all seems appropriately regimented, if not cheesy at times. I just wonder if this criticism would have been leveled to the dialogue had this been a Star Trek movie, for example- doubtful. I do love the spontaneous dialogue and free-for-all tension in Alien, and Ridley Scott said that he often "pushed the actors' buttons" while putting the camera on them. There isn't much of that in Prometheus, and I would say the dialogue in Alien is better, but Prometheus does have a few moments of sheer WTF anachary as people are completely put out of their element.
Also the character of the Captain: for all the criticism of the geologist and the biologist, I really liked the Captain. There's more of his character than meets one viewing and upon second viewing I liked his acting and considered him the strongest and the hero of the 2nd tier characters.
I understand the blu-ray version is pretty beefy with extras and has a fight scene between Shaw and the Engineer. From the bits I saw and hearing Scott's explanation, he rightly left it out. Also there's one extra scene I saw on the DVD I'm really glad they left out. It was a fight between Hathaway and Shaw right before he unknowingly impregnates her with the alien. It's just such a weird and unbelievable exchange, very much like Deckard and Rachel in Blade Runner, that it left me feeling relieved that they let it go...
Anyway rumor is the sequel will be called "Paradise", perhaps an ironic title for sure... looking forward to it.