I can’t believe it’s taken me four days to finally get a chance to blog about this, but after having it raved about relentlessly by a few of my friends, I went to see Cloverfield on Saturday night.
I went in with pretty high hopes based on what my friends were saying, but at the same time I knew that Blair Witch (and the movie that it completely ripped off, The Last Broadcast) and Godzilla had both been done before so I was a bit apprehensive about what this movie could offer that hasn’t been done.
Walking out, I felt both very satisfied, but also slightly underwhelmed. For the most part, I loved the movie. I thought that it was very well done and the point of view and style that was used really helped add to the experience. However, at the same time, the whole making a film that is supposed to be the playback of a camcorder that was found does have some serious drawbacks. Especially for a movie like this. Granted, all of these are to be expected and I knew this going in, it’s still a bit annoying. The camera was hardly ever pointing where I wanted it to be or where it seemed that a real person in that situation would be pointing it. It also seemed to be on at unnatural times a lot. While the shaking did add to the affect of the movie a lot, there were times where it was quite annoying. Then there are also the silly things like how the hell did the battery last that long? The movie was less than an hour and a half long, so it’s very plausible that the battery would last the whole time, until you factor in the fact that they had turned the light on to see in the subway tunnel and the battery probably wasn’t fully charged when the night started.
For the most part, I kind of liked the characters with the exception of Marlena. She just annoyed me in most every way. I was actually glad to watch her explode. Rob’s character seemed to be pretty realistic and Hud reminded me of someone I know who just always has something to say, but never actually knows what he should be saying. Just kind of runs his mouth a lot while saying silly things, yet still a totally good dude in every way.
While it was obviously intended and this was not the type of movie to answer all questions, there is a lot that I want to know! Was it in fact a sea monster? How was Beth able to RUN down the street after having piece of rebar go through her chest? What exactly made Marlena explode? Where the hell was everyone? Sure everyone fled through the tunnels and the bridges, but you have to figure that Manhattan still has a few million people and getting them off the island would have taken a long time during such a crisis and no one knowing what was going on. Why were there not more dead, crushed bodies throughout the city? How the hell did the three of them and the camera survive the helicopter crash, but neither of the pilots did? How were the police so organized in the beginning of the attack? How was the power still on in the subway tunnels and how did all of the people get out of the subway trains? Some of them must have gotten stuck in the middle of tunnels. Did the “hammer down” kill the monster? Was there only one monster or were the more in other cities? The questions go on and on…
But like I mentioned, it wasn’t the type of movie that is supposed to answer all of the questions. You were meant to be left hanging like that. In the end, I would definitely recommend the movie and I want to see it again. I’d say it gets an A-.
Edit: I just read this interview with Matt Reeves. It’s pretty good and provides some decent insight into some of my questions.
Edit 2: Apparently, if I had stayed until the end of the credits, I would have heard Rob say “it’s still alive.” That answers that!