Just came fro watching Avengers and Prometheus (productive little evening it was, eh?).
Prometheus. Yes, the movie is open ended and leaves a lot of questions unanswered. It's in apparent contradiction or revision to things happening in Alien and successive films and not everything clicks and makes sense.
At the end, we're left with a fantastic sci-fi film that is visually impressive, greatly entertaining and headier than Alien (fright-fest) or Aliens (an awesome action adventure romp with no lofty ambitions).
This left me with a sense of satisfaction in watching that I lately only got from sci-fi flicks like Inception, Moon and Source Code. Lindelof and Scott aimed high and, while not delivering perhaps a landmark film with the same weight or cinematic importance than Alien, the film is great, it asks and tries to answer many great questions and leaves you (well, me anyways) wanting more, much more.
Lindelof coming onboard apparently ensures a fun time, lots of implications but maybe not a great payoff. That seems to be his trademark. I'm OK with that. Like discussed in the recent LOST thread, what we get, even if it's not neatly wrapped in a bow by the end with every single question answered, is a great story, memorable and justifying of its investment.
Like Lindelof said, they could have very well simply stuck with Alien lore and, who knows? It could have been even better received. From what little interviews I dared watched, avoiding spoilers, Lindelof dared take it someplace else. As a fan of Alien and Aliens (nothing else exists) I am glad he did and eagerly look forward to more of the story. Ridley doesn't have the age to wait another 30 years, so I hope he's happy enough to take another stab at it. Lindelof, per his Twitter feed, is very much aware of the criticism to his writing, I hope he finds it in him to try again.
Now, as per some of the questions on the movie: