Damn, this is what a proper sequel should be like. It's like "Alien" on steroids: more fire power, bigger sets, more aliens and even Ripley grows in complexity: the motherhood plot shows us a more vulnerable side of the character but also makes her tougher and more fearless in order to protect Newt. The introduction of the Queen was a smart parallelism, and the longer special edition doesn't get boring for a second.
Whereas alien stood for the relentless horror in the cold distant space. Aliens stands for relentless terryfying terror struck upon space marines I in the year 2176. From pure horror and severe suspense to brutal terror and fierce action. From the hidden monster preying and stalking its blue collar victims in the gloomy dark corners of a remote space shuttle to the swarm of aliens on a colonial planet.
Dumb but entertaining. James Cameron's fraternal marine dialogue is painful to listen to. You can't help but imagine that Cameron was a reedy, friendless dork in high school who learned everything he knows about how humans communicate from comic books and b-movies. But this isn't exactly My Dinner with Andre, so I'll give him a pass... THIS time.
I know, I'm in the minority here. Big dumb bug-hunt!!! The original ... and only the original ... is the first ... and last ... word on the subject of ALIEN! This just screams '80's to me ... and not in a good way ...
3-4. It nails the storytelling basics so well. It gives itself plenty of room to naturally unfold, has so many badass moments, and continues to escalate the stakes throughout. It has two or three themes added for good measure, but the point is that it is technically an incredibly fun, well-constructed creature feature.