Monday, January 21, 2008

I saw it! It's Alive! It's Huge! (follow up)

Cloverfield arrived this weekend. I blogged about this mysterious movie last July, when it's title-less trailer premiered before Transformers. No one knew what it was, or what it would be, but everyone wanted to.

This may sounds obvious, but hear me out... This movie is excellent, for what it is. If you expect it to be something it isn't, of course, you'll be disappointed.

Sadly, most of the people in the movie theater I watched it in were in the latter group. This movie is NOT a "giant monster movie". It's a cross between "The Blair Witch Project" and "Saving Private Ryan", except instead of Nazi's, you've got a giant monster destroying the city. The story is NOT about fighting this behemoth - it's just a plot device. It's about saving the person you love against all odds in a terrible situation.

It's also using the "found footage" plot device, and all that that implies.

Finally, if you do see it, stay for the whole credits. There is no score throughout this movie, but the orchestral piece written for the rolling credits is a fantastic piece of 50-es era styled giant-monster-movie music.


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