By Jackie Raphael
It is hard to imagine any film in the Alien franchise ever being able to reach the excellence of the first sequel, Aliens in 1986, but this latest installment is better than 2012's Prometheus. Alien: Covenant, directed by Ridley Scott, is certainly more reflective of the earlier films in the franchise. It tells the story of a crew on a colony ship heading to a planet to start a new life when their journey takes a detour to another planet with an unexpected threat.
While the film is quite predictable, it has an interesting message about the creation of life. It is also visually strong and has some good performances. Michael Fassbender, who plays the robot David/Walter, improved his performance since Prometheus, while Danny McBride has a more serious role than we are used to seeing him in. Katherine Waterson plays a convincing strong heroine and Billy Curdup was a good choice as the uncertain leader who puts a lot of weight on his faith. However, there was still not enough character development to make the audience really care about the characters. This is something that Aliens did particularly well through banter, which is why it remains my favourite in the series.
Overall, Alien: Covenant helps to create an interesting backstory about how these aliens came to exist. While it is a bit too long, it keeps you entertained with some amazing gross scenes.