1 month ago
Yeah, our standards on what's good & what isn't, change quite a lot (with age ( ˃̣̣̥‸˂̣̣̥๑) )
I've always been fussed with the writing of the story. If the characters do something nonsensical or pants on head retarded, it generally just kills the show for me.
Prey definitely had effort put into it. To it's merit, it didn't over-complicate the story, it had a basic premise of what it wanted to do, & went with it. Almost everything done made sense & fit to the narrative, barring the protagonists Mother learning her Son is dead, despite no-one beyond the Protagonist being left alive to report this in (I couldn't understand what a random extra was showing up to deliver the news, when there were literally no witnesses to the death left alive).
AvP:R did one thing well for me, in that it ran a story with both a competent PredAlien & Wolf. Both characters were shown to be just as dangerous as each other, & it led to a very satisfying showdown (though admittedly, there was no other climax to look forward to, couldn't care less about the human population in an AVP film).
The Predator could've been so much more, but yes, it just went off on random tangents, even trying to canonically change the Predator's entire motivation for hunting other species, for no good reason. It's a shame that the film with so much potential, became an unserviceable B-movie (though I'm generous in calling it that, currently you can't even find it in the Predator Collection on Disney +, which implies it's unloved, & for good reason).