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Had to see it twice before I could really decide how I felt. Incredible movie.
I have been anticipating this movie for several years. There were a hundred ideas in my head of what could be in the film. Obviously a two-hour movie can only deal with a handful. Also, even though I knew that I shouldn't expect Alien all over again, it was my only point of reference and so I did expect an Alien-ish movie to some degree.
Then I went to a midnight screening. I saw it in 3D on a fairly small, older screen. When Prometheus was not Alien and turned out to be something else entirely, I kind of had a knee-jerk reaction and was left dumbstruck. There was so much going on it was difficult for me to wrap my head around on the first viewing. I knew there were heavy themes and mysteries left unsolved at the end, but then again that is the hallmark of good science fiction.
I saw it a again tonight. This time I splurged on XD 3D(A huge screen with a great sound system), but much more importantly this time I went in expecting Prometheus, not Alien. HOLY MOLY what a difference that made. I actively searched for all the things some people have been complaining about on here, but on close inspection all of the supposed problems with continuity and editing melted away and the characters became more likable and understandable. I also payed close attention to subtleties in an attempt to unravel some of the mysteries, and while some things are left purposefully vague, I have some solid, satisfying theories now. This time I was left awestruck rather than dumbstruck. I can honestly say that the second viewing was one of the best theatrical experiences of my life.