director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
To complete the Alien cycle, sort of, I pulled up the 1997 film, Alien Resurrection, which I hadn’t seen since its initial release. When it first came out, I was kind of excited about it. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, fresh off the amazing The City of Lost Children (1995) and featuring the ever-waifish Winona Ryder, this strange mix of elements seemed to bode of something unusual and potentially cool. On paper, at least.
The screenplay was written by Joss Whedon, though at the time that wouldn’t have meant a lot to me. Whedon’s contributions were not enough to rescue the film, either.
Set 200 years after Alien 3 (1992), the never say dead Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is “resurrected” via DNA with an alien queen inside her. All hell, of course, breaks loose.
Ron Perlman and Dominique Pinon, also fresh off The City of Lost Children show up, as do the tropes and ideas that comprise an “Alien” movie. Sort of like a jazz take on material, flashing familiar elements of a song whilst reinventing and playing with the elements. Though in this case it would be a rather poor rendition.
Winona does indeed also appear. As the resident android, though apparently one with emotions. She’s not bad here. Those big brown eyes are as luminous as ever.
Sadly, Alien Resurrection is probably the worst of the original four films. It’s not unfun. It’s kind of entertaining. If a sloppy mess of a movie.
The Alien series Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997) doesn’t end here. It moves into Alien vs. Predator (2004) and then Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). And then does it not become re-resurrected in Prometheus (2012)? And beyond?
As I started my venture into the “quadrilogy,” I actually also became intrigued by its knock-offs. I haven’t watched any of them yet, though I’ve queued some. Maybe more to come. Maybe.