Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sigourney Weaver in "Aliens"

Sigourney Weaver received her first Oscar nomination for playing Ellen Ripley in Aliens.

Aliens is certainly a surprising film to see an Oscar-nominated performance coming from. It's certainly interesting and certainly entertaining, but Aliens is not the type of movie I am impressed by. It has all the great qualities of a good sci-fi film, but it's hardly something to consider for many awards. A simple story of the survivor of the original Alien, who goes back on the planet where her ship was attacked by unknown lifeforms. Soon, the same ole routine is set into motion and Ripley is stuck on board with a young girl who may or may not be real.

Sigourney Weaver plays her original character Ellen Ripley - she is a strong, intelligent, fierce woman who knows everything she needs to know and then some. Weaver immediately mixes Ripley with a combination of space feminist and sarcasm. It's an odd mix because in a science fiction thriller/horror film you don't expect to see such a character who can turn a one-liner into gold while someone is being murdered by an alien. Weaver holds a steady line throughout - having played the character already, she has her own previous experience to go on. However, it is hardly impressive.

It's more of a popular performance to like - I'm not one of them. I like tough ladies as much as the next person, but when you constantly play up tough without any hesitation and never a doubt of anything other then how she can handle the screen with a fierce superiority. Ripley is already a character who knows everything, so why does everyone doubt her? Still some kind of female prejudice in the distant future, especially considering she's someone who has already been through something like this before. Overall, Sigourney Weaver is okay at playing the tough side of Ripley, and she can be entertaining with her 'bitch' one liners, but other then the performance does not impress me.


dinasztie said...

Just as I expected.

joe burns said...

I suspect she'll be last.