“Is David a secret asshole?” That’s one of dozens of questions the folks at Red Letter Media have posed during a rapid-fire four minute video, which is pretty damn funny as well as brilliantly clever. It also raises some really good points about the film’s (numerous) gaps in logic, continuity and character behavior. Though overall it’s clearly been done with a lot of love and respect for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, going into enormous - even obsessive – detail about the film’s labyrinthine internal mythology. The following is obviously pretty SPOILER heavy, so don’t go watching it yet if you haven’t seen the film (unless you’re certain you don’t care, in which case why are you here?).
If that left you hungry for more, there is a second (longer) video that contains a full review from the guys. Which is still very funny, whilst also taking the whole film criticism thing quite seriously – as they tackle whether or not Damon Lindelof’s screenplay is either way smarter than the audience or way more dumb (among other things).
But do the questions posed by these fine chaps even need answers? For the answer to that, check out this thoughtful piece in favour of a little ambiguity.