Originally Posted by Redcarmoose
It does what good movies are suppose to do, tell a story. We are lucky too in that the movie has aged well, and looks better than ever in it's blu ray condition.
I wouldn't say that a movie has necessarily to tell a story, there are many different cinematic languages with different aims.
That's not the reason why I think Alien is great.
Alien does tell a story but that's not what it's really about, the movie is about atmosphere and suspense and does it with great technical competence and aesthetical beauty (noticeable influence from 2001: A Space Odyssey).
It's simply accomplished for what it aims to be.
In today's general mindset the movie has much less novelty factor and power of persuasion than when it premiered in theaters, some scenes can look a bit corny today, but I see pretty well how it might have made quite an impact back at 1979.
It's beautiful to watch and the amazing quality of the acting (really, all the actors here should be awarded, brilliant work), the sober and intelligent directing, the technical competence applied in all the scenarios, visual effects, sound and the sensible camera work really makes it believable and transports me to it's own universe making me feel like I'm watching a real and thrilling drama rather than watching a mere horror movie. It's rather difficult to put into words how it works for me, I can easily live it if I want to.
Basically it has great power of persuasion because it's so well crafted at all aspects, at least for those who have never seen it before or forgot it like me.
Even if it's just a simple "haunted house" formula applied to scify.
It works with me and even if it didn't it's an amazing piece of fine filmmaking, one of the best I've ever seen.
Alien also features some deliciously hilarious moments although they're not supposed to be, lol.
But I admit that I find it difficult to be imparcial towards this film because I like it so much.
I feel awkward and stupefied for praising an horror movie like this but yeah it's great stuff.
I watched the Bluray version, beautiful cinematography and great picture quality.
Alien ages very well, it still looks very realistic today.
Edited by kkl10 - 2/8/14 at 4:41pm