Originally Posted by Gabriel Williams
While there are some totally legitimate points in this thread, I wonder how much (if any) of the revisionism is connected to having just burned out on the film from having seen it too many times. For myself, as long as I treat the film as a prime example of the action genre, circa 1986, it still works surprisingly well.
Well, I agree that it isn't a particularly fantastic film, and while it's been a movie I've revisited, I have not done so ad nauseum.
I remember watching it as a kid and thinking it was just the best fucking thing ever. And yet I view it with more mature eyes and, at least for me, the shortcomings are too glaring not to acknowledge. I went from thinking that the Space Marines were the coolest characters ever to finding them to be completely fucking obnoxious. Was that the point? I don't know, and I honestly really don't care. All I know is that I've grown to dislike them as characters, but I will more than willingly concede that's purely a personal thing. Still, I've come to realize that I just don't care about them as characters. I don't feel that way about everyone in the movie as I like Newt, Ripley, and Bishop, but besides those three I just don't care. And the fucking less said about Paul Reiser the better. The man is horrible incarnate. Yes, I know I was supposed to dislike him, but I've come to dislike him for very different reasons than I was supposed to. I dislike him not because he's a slimy, snivelling beuracrat, but because I fucking hate Paul Reiser.
Part of it may have to do with the way I was exposed to the series. I saw Aliens first as a kid, and didn't see Alien until many, many years later. When I finally did see it, I saw a film so totally superior in every way that it may have colored my view of Aliens. I didn't get the luxury of being able to say "Alien was a fucking brillaint sci-fi horror movie and the sequel was an awesome sci-fi action movie." because I saw rollercoaster ride movie first and the atmospheric, layered film second.
But hey, that's just me.
And I'll also give a shout out to all those that think Cameron's films just aren't aging that well. I watched T2 the other day and man....You could smell the early 90's all over that thing.