Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Cloverfield (2008)

(Review originally posted in June 2009)

It seems like this month I'm finally getting around to seeing all the films that I missed in the theater. Although I think I would have really enjoyed Cloverfield on a big screen.

But I was looking forward to it because despite the leaks, I wanted to find out what the monster looked like. Until I got to see the film, I resisted all temptation to look up pictures. Call me crazy, but I think when it comes to monster movies you just shouldn't know what you are in for unless it's right there in the title  and I had a pretty good idea that the film was not about an attack of killer clovers.

I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a clever way to show a giant monster attack, and I went into it knowing absolutely nothing about it. I refused to let my husband tell me anything about it after the jerk snuck out to see it twice without me!

One thing I would like to know is where in the world they got that camcorder! I mean, the thing was indestructible! I've gone through several video cameras in my lifetime and they seem to break or malfunction if you even look at them funny. I want to know where these guys did their shopping.

I haven't looked through the special features on the DVD yet, but I imagine the camera operator was some sort of contortionist to get some of those shots. And I can certainly see why there had been viewer complaints about vertigo in the theater.

So yes, I'm a happy movie-viewer right now. Interesting monster, fun camerawork, nice FX... yeah, I'm happy.

Film information: Cloverfield

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