Cloverfield (2008)

Review by CJ

Director:
Matt Reeves

Starring:
Michael Stahl-David, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel, T.J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Odette Annable

Other notable appearances:
Ryan Key

Running time:
85 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Blair Witch

 

The footage left behind by a group of friends trying to save another friend during a monster’s attack on New York City.

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. I don’t like found footage style films as a general rule. I think they’re cheap and allow filmmakers to get away with sloppy direction, dialogue and plot. I only watched Cloverfield because I really liked 10 Cloverfield Lane and wanted some context.

In saying that, as far as found footage films go, Cloverfield is the best I have seen.

The film still suffers from terrible dialogue — there are only so many times I can listen to characters incessantly screaming one another’s names — and the resultant poor character development, but the plot is engaging, the characters aren’t actively unlikeable and the main actors all do a decent job.

Cloverfield certainly isn’t going to convince me that found footage films are a blight on cinema, but if you must watch one then this is the best of a bad lot. Be warned though that if you go into it, like I did, thinking it will clarify anything in 10 Cloverfield Lane, you’ll be disappointed.

Rating:

“Okay, just to be clear here, our options are: die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets. That pretty much it?”

One thought on “Cloverfield (2008)”

  1. Enjoyed your commentary. I, too, watched 10 Cloverfield Lane before Cloverfield. The only connection I could see was that 10 was already into the invasion, while the first was when it first started. A very good movie!

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