25 September 2011

Aliens (1986)

Ellen Ripley had already experience the horror of Planet LV 426, but after a "shake and bake" coloney of people dissappear, Ripley is thrust back into the horror that she barely escaped from before. As Ripley and a team of space marines land on LV 426 they soon realize that they are not alone and the fight for survival begins. The movie Aliens is one of the most well known movies of all time, from the stunning visual effects to the heart-wrenching scenes of Ripley and Newt, this movie keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

The aspect of Mise-en-Scene that really stood out for me in this movie was the costumes and make-up that were done. In this movie, the costumes were made to grip the viewer and make them believe that they were on a distant planet. The marine's costumes throughout the movie were taken a step above and beyond the normal look of a marine. They looked more like futuristic space soldiers than any marines in this time period.

Our text book says that "...make-up is applied to the actor's face or body, it highlights or even disguises or distorts certain aspects of the face or body" (Art of Film, pg. 77). The make-up done on the actual Aliens in the movie was absolutely phenomenal. They were completely terrifying and made an impressive imprint on me as I watched the movie. I was terrified of what was around the corner because of the amazing make-up and costumes.

Aliens is a revolutionary movie, from the heart-wrenching plot to the amazing costumes and make-up it is a must see for adults! The costumes helped make the movie what it was, believably horrifying.

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