February 16, 2008 - 12:20 am 3 Comments

Just got back from Cloverfield. I loved it. I haven’t been that riveted by an action film since the first Jurassic Park.

Predictably, Hub hated it. He prefers more formulaic, wrapped-up Hollywood films. Some spoilers follow.

The Nokia product placement was a little overwhelming.

When the helicopter crashed and the sound went dead, you could have heard a pin drop in the theater. Everyone was totally caught up in the movie.

The gibbering noises that the little critters made was awesomely creepy.

The acting was a little shaky – almost as shaky as the camera work. There were a couple of moments when I cringed and thought, “High school play!” Most of the time it was passable, though.

The way the backstory was spliced into the main story was clever. I missed the reveal at the very end in the Coney Island scene, though.

The special effects were superb and worth the price of admission.

I thought that was a little homage to Blair Witch at the end, with the confessionals.

Interesting how the best character development was with the Hud, the guy on screen for maybe a total of 60 seconds. The writers did a great job with his narration.

Also, Hud’s sacred mission was to document the evening, so it was somewhat plausible that he would keep filming everything. Once he was gone, why did Rob continue to film? That was a plot hole big enough to take me out of the moment, which was a shame because it was going really well at that point. Poor Hud.

I would pay to see this again.

3 Responses to “Cloverfield”

  1. varin Says:

    Did either of you get woozy?

  2. addlepated Says:

    Hub did, but he gets woozy watching Deadliest Catch on a 24″ TV, so that’s not much of a barometer. 😛

  3. varin Says:

    ha! I don’t feel so bad now. At least I can watch Deadliest Catch. 😛