Still a little sick: my Cloverfield review

cloverfield_poster.jpgLast night we went to the movies for the first time since the summer.   What finally got us out?   J.J. Abrams’ Cloverfield on it’s first night.   No better way to get ready for the Lost premier in two weeks than a new Abrams’ movie.

First off be warned – I don’t generally get motion sickness, but by the end I was wishing the vending machine had Dramamine.   The whole thing is shown through the eyes of Hud as he “documents” the night through a video camera.   Not one of its 84 minutes is shown differently.   10 minutes in I’m wondering if I can make it.   Sitting in the 5th row doesn’t make it better.   So is it worth it?

Yes.

The movie has a realistic creepiness to it.   Yes it’s a monster movie – and the monster is a badass that makes Godzilla look like a pussy.   But if you take the monster and replace it with an occupying force for instance, you’d still get that same kind of dread.   For the characters, and you through their eyes, it’s all about what you can’t see, getting to safety, and saving your friends and family.   It often feels like you’re watching the immediate aftermath of 9/11.   The monster is an added, scary, twist.   I’ll also give director Matt Reeves, writer Drew Goddard, and Abrams points for doing something a bit original.   In this day and age of regurgitating any two-bit, book, TV show, or movie, it’s nice to see something entirely original.

There have been a few complaints – the lack of named actors make it hard to keep track – B.S. The lack of main actors mean you have no idea who’s going to kick the bucket just based on their paycheck.   There have also been a few complaints about the destruction of New York City being a bit insensitive.   If seeing NYC bombed will traumatize you, don’t see this movie, otherwise, time moves on, and none of what’s done in this movie is gratuitous.

It’s a short movie, which makes sense since the extended battery on my camcorder only records for 90 minutes, but afterwards, you will feel spent, you will talk about it, and you’ll be regretting not listening to me about the Dramamine.

  • http://www.thewebpen.net/blog Howard

    Nice. Cameron and I are seeing it tonight with friends. Really looking forward to it now.

  • Spencer

    You’ll have to let us know what you think.

  • http://www.cynicsgirl.blogspot.com/ Cyn

    Sounds entirely cool to me (save the nausea.) But given we just now saw “Once” I’m expecting Cloverfield won’t be seen until it comes to the top of the queue in ’09.

    We did make it out of our little cocoon to see “Sweeney Todd” though. Extremely conflicted on that one. (Me, not my viewing partner, who most definitely felt robbed of his time.)

  • http://www.svrspy.blogspot.com Scarlet

    Yeah, it made my headache worse, but I thought it was awesome. I have a love fo all things JJ Abrams!