Who is André Myette?

André Myette is a Canadian born and raised graphic designer, independent artist and writer. His first published work is 'Humbug!' a graphic novel about the further adventures of Ebeneezer Scrooge in a steam-punk inspired London it was followed by 'Horseshoes& Hand Grenades' a black and white series of self contained stories. André currently resides in Truro, Nova Scotia with his fianceé Jennifer, and three cats Presley, Klaatu and Lebowski.

Film Review: Prometheus

Title: Prometheus
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green
Rating (Out of 5):★★★★

Fans of the Aliens franchise expecting a direct prequel will be sadly disappointed, however fans of Science Fiction films that deal with the nature of humanity and ask existentialist questions will be greatly pleased. It’s not that this film isn’t a prequel to Alien…it very much is but that just happens to be a tiny piece of what this film is actually about. It begins with the basic premise of a group of biologists discovering key indicators on earth that our existence has been shaped along the way by extraterrestrial beings, and that same group traveling to the stars to find the home that is indicated to belong to these creatures on the aforementioned  cave walls. What they find there is enlightening and terrifying as these beings might not be the benevolent god-like creatures they were thought out to be.

The cast does a superb job and Noomi Rapace of “The Girl With the Dragon tattoo” fame and Michael Fassbender steal the show from an acting standpoint. Fassbender does and excellent job portraying “David” the Weyland corp android and Pinocchio like son of Peter Weyland. His subtle facial expressions and cold but calculated demeanor do an extremely good job of understanding this beings motivations. Rapace also hits it home as the female heroine that is world’s apart from Ellen Ripley which I believe was something the creators were going for. Her idealism and hope to discover the beginnings of humanity is easy to understand and the mounting pressure of her journey as things begin to fall apart really have you feeling sorry for each one of her failures. In one particularly disturbing  instance of surgical horror we see her really struggle to survive and I can assure you that is certainly a cringe worthy sequence to say the least.

One part of the film I didn’t understand was the casting of Guy Pearce to play Peter Weyland the  extremely wealthy and extremely old owner of the Weyland Corporation. Not that I have any beef with Mr. Pearce, I think he’s a fine actor but aren’t there enough credible elderly actors in Hollywood that could fit the bill? Why have a relatively young man in a ridiculous amount of make-up to play a part that anyone with acting ability and in their 70s or 80’s could pull off?

All in all this is an extremely enjoyable film that reminded me of such thought invoking sci-fi films of the past such as Moon, 2001 A Space Odyssey, and of course the Aliens films. Science Fiction was created to be a vehicle for dissecting modern society and human  ideals and it’s nice to see another film that keeps that tradition alive. There is certainly more Prometheus films to come as the ending does set off the events of Alien but also a whole other journey for several surviving characters. Like twins being born together but going their separate ways, these films are sure to continue on leaving the seed that germinates into Ellen Ripleys adventures to grow far away. Sci-Fi fans rejoice as another excellent mythology rises to wrap your grubby hands upon.