Reel Quick: Cloverfield


Cloverfield (2008)



Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel, Odette Annable, Clovie the Cloverfield Cloverer

Directed by: Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Let Me In; The Pallbearer)

Synopsis: A monster attacks New York and privileged hipsters must film or DIE!

Best part:
I love it when scenes are shot like this, giving you just enough about what’s going on without overloading it. It’s the anti-Michael Bay.

Worst part: Hud talking.

Best line:

Nudity: The monster is shamefully unclothed.

Overall: A lot of people give this movie a lot of unfounded flak. Yes, the buildup with the relationship drags out way too long. Yes, everything seems to weirdly happen to just this group of people, like the monster is following them. Yes, Hud is annoying. Yes, there’s no reason 96% of this should have been filmed by him. But if you’re willing to put down the stupidity of him always having the camera on and shooting everything while his life is in danger, then it’s really a fantastic giant monster movie, and probably the best one in the past several years. This movie just hits the right note with me. I love the way it’s shot (again, forgetting the guy constantly filming) and the overall feel of this huge event going on while focusing on just a handful of people (much like Signs, which I actually really like until the ending). I liked the parasites (also kind of dumb, but made for a cool subway scene) and the infection that makes people explode. Compare this movie to Super 8, which is a much more straightforward monster movie that is really pretty awful. Cloverfield hooked me and a lot of people in with its marketing campaign of puzzles and mystery, with everyone trying to figure out what the hell the movie was about and what the monster was (like people insisting it was a live-action Voltron movie, which wouldn’t make any sense to keep secret) and I honestly thought it paid off. If you’ve already seen this and didn’t like it or haven’t seen it at all, you should check it out and just clear the camera thing out of your mind and enjoy the ride.

Score: 9 fields of clover and monsters (out of 10)

24 thoughts on “Reel Quick: Cloverfield

  1. It’s been a long time since I’ve sen this but I don’t remember liking it. Not enough monster, too much talking. I should watch it again.


  2. I will never forgive Super 8 for being the bastard that it was at the end. J.J. Abrams and I are now filing divorce settlement papers. Fuck that guy.


  3. Hey! : ) For some reason I was expecting you to trash this and was contemplating whether I should admit that I actually kind of fucking loved this movie at the time. Not seen it since – wondering if it’s aged well (not that it’s exactly old) & if I’d still like it as much.


  4. I’m glad you like this one! I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to when I first watched it. And I actually kind of like Hud…don’t hold that against me.


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