Alien: A Masterpiece (English)

This movie came out 40 years ago and we’re still talking about it and its legacy!

alien-1979My visit to the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyères (see related tweet!) has obviously led me to re-watch Alien, the 1979 movie directed by Ridley Scott. So here I am with a review! And, as always with the classics, I face the usual dilemma: what to say that has not already been said? Alien is simply a masterpiece. Why?

It’s a monster movie, but for most of the film you see very little of the monster (exactly like in Jaws by Spielberg), and when you see it it’s really scary.

There are just seven characters and all are perfectly characterized, so that we are able to sympathize with each of them when, inevitably, they meet their end.

The actors are all amazing: a very young Sigourney Weaver, the recently deceased Sir John Hurt and Harry Dean Stanton … one better than the other. And…

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