Cloverfield Review

Screen Shot 2016-03-12 at 5.46.01 PM    Back in 2008, J.J. Abrams and his buddy, Matt Reeves decided a mysterious, brilliant marketing campaign to promote their intelligent revival of grand-scale monster movies. Matt Reeves’s cryptic look at a monster film taking place in Manhattan after the events of 9/11 is a deeply intelligent look at how a modern New Yorker would react to said event. Sure, it’s a monster movie, but looking at Cloverfield from its most primal state, the film explores a troubled man who is given one last opportunity to right his wrongs as the world crumbles around him. Maybe, that why I enjoyed this film so much, the monster involved in the story did shift and establish its dents in the narrative, but once you get a look at the core of this story, Cloverfield is a moving human tale about love, survival, and teamwork. To add on top of the grandness of Cloverfield, you must take into account the ingenious work put behind its powerful marketing campaign. Establishing the realistic approach of the film before its release to get the viewer acquainted with the film, Cloverfield works marvels in its genre. Then, you must also remember this is a Bad Robot Production meaning its got a glut of easter eggs, from the first to the last shot (quite literally). As for flaws in the film, I like to section Cloverfield for whatever reason, you’ve got the before “The Bite” and after said scene. Before “The Bite, ” Cloverfield plays smart, establishing the normality of its world from the beginning and following by toying with the reaction to a Godzilla-type attack in real-life, something even Godzilla (2014) couldn’t quite nail down. Yet, after “The Bite,” for whatever reason the solid acting that had been given in the film up to that point seems to be deflated and the decisions  some characters decided to take (military dude) seem irrational, but once the film reaches “Beth” it gets back on track and rides the wave towards a great finale. Another flaw I found with the film is its cgi, it’s not the greatest looking back, that’s all I’ll say. Back to positives, for the most part, the acting in this monster-movie is quite good, especially from Mike Vogel who truly grips you and convinces you of following him in this ludicrous journey through the ashes of Manhattan. Plus you’ve got the always hysterical T. J. Miller who provides the adequate amount of perfectly-delivered lines to add levity to the film. With that said, Cloverfield is a great monster movie that brings a new light to the genre, a cryptic tale of monsters and men battling for survival, and an 80 out of 100.

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