Hi everyone!! So sorry for the delay. We had a very stressful couple of days. Our fish tank’s ammonia and nitrite levels spiked super high and we lost half of our fish within a day. I am happy to report the 7 remaining fish are doing much better in their quarantine tank and we are cycling their actual tank to get it stable for them.
Anyway, today I am going to finally review Cloverfield. As always, it’s probably best to see the movie before reading my reviews, but I won’t intentionally spoil anything.
As a group of New Yorkers enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
So, let’s dive right into the aspect of this movie that is very polarizing for viewers…the handheld camera. People either love or hate this concept. I personally found it compelling. It drew me in, and it made me more attached to the characters than I expected it would.
Hudson, “Hud” is the guy who holds the camera for the majority of the movie. We get a lot of commentary on what is going on through his point of view. He is a great character. He’s clearly the nerdy guy who is friends with the more “popular,” guy, Rob. Hud gets picked on a bit throughout the film, but he ends up being the character I felt the most connected too. Which is just a testament to the actors skills because we only see his face a handful of times in the movie.
No, that wouldn’t work. People need to see this, you know? It’s gonna be important. People are going to watch this.
I found the visual effects to be super realistic looking. The camera work is a bit jarring, but it has a purpose of disorienting you so you’re never quite sure what’s actually happening. The cinematography has a way of making New York City seem claustrophobic and chaotic all at once, and that effect is why I think the handheld aspect of this film works to it’s advantage.
Maybe you should’ve left town a little bit earlier, right?
Cloverfield takes you on an adrenaline and emotionally filled roller coaster ride. You spend time frustrated with characters, on the edge of your seat with fear, and at times sad for the characters. You get to know each of them through the lens of the camera in a way a movie shot normally doesn’t do.
You just need to say ‘forget the world’ and hold on to the people that you care about the most.
All in all, this is a great “monster destroys city,” movie with a unique twist. I didn’t feel like I was watching a movie that had been done a million times before. The script was clever, the characters were believable, and the visuals were realistic and frightening at times. I really loved this movie.
RATING: 4/5 ☆
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