Aliens

“Hey, maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!”–Hudson

What’s it about:

It’s about monsters, of all kinds. It’s about what happens when greed intersects with things dangerous and unpredictable that are better off left alone. And it’s about extreme edition soccer moms.

What I liked about it:

1. Tells you all you need to know about the most significant difference between this film and the original (while ramping up the expectation and dread) simply by adding an “s” to the title. Now that’s economy.

2. Bill Paxton is great in it, yes, but, hey, how about that Paul Reiser? Nobody does corporate slimeball better.

3. Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron do a great job of taking Ripley to the next level. That the maternal instinct transforms a survivor into a full-blown badass is espescially fitting in the context of a movie series that scares the crap out of us by tapping into primal fears about pregnancy.

What I didn’t like about it:

1. The ending is a bit too familiar. Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Aliens–after giving us something enjoyably new and original–falls back to simply mirroring events in the first movie. Why do they do that? There’s a little bit of a been there/done that let down at the end.

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