I love movies. It is hard for me to say something about any movie because I appreciate the creativity and entertainment of film. When the film in question is a bit out of the ordinary, I’m ecstatic with delight. That was the case with the new movie just released, “Cloverfield.”
Although some people have criticized the film for its quirky, jerky camera work, the reality of it is that this movie wouldn’t have as much impact if it had been shot any other way. It is, after all, supposed to be an amateur shooting the film with a home video camera. In my opinion, that is why the movie works so well.
I was also amazed at the quality of the acting, all accomplished by little known actors who had to agree, up front, to do the film without really knowing what it was all about. Because there was no big name to occupy the focus of the movie, it allowed all of the cast members to shine in their own way. I loved that!
The movie begins with a going away party for Jason (Mike Vogel). The party is being captured on tape by his friend Hud (T.J. Miller) so that he has something to remember his friends by while he is in Japan. However, Jason isn’t really enjoying his party. All he can think about is the girl that he has lusted after since high school, Beth (Odette Yustman). Nothing that his brother, Rob (Michael Stahl-David) or his girlfriend, Lily (Jessica Lucas) can do takes his mind off of the girl he’s leaving behind.
Then something happens that changes everything. What appears, at first, to be nothing more than earthquake turns out to be something far more deadly as an unknown monster attacks New York. What follows is the efforts of this group of friends to escape an enemy they can’t really see and certainly can’t comprehend.
Although you never get a perfectly clear view of the monster in question, you catch glimpses here and there; just enough to spur the imagination and click in everyone’s natural fear of what lurks in the dark. Unfortunately, the big bad isn’t alone either. It carries with him something else that is equally dangerous and just as scary.
There is so much right about this film that it is difficult to know where to start. Is it perfect? No. Few films really are. But it is dynamic with a strong cast, good photography, an interesting story that is well-written, and excellent direction.
Who doesn’t want to believe that their lover or friend cares enough to put his or her own life on the line to save them? Realistically, in today’s world, I’m not sure that every script could have sold that factor and made it seem real. This one, however, did just that. I believed that this group of friends wanted and needed to stick together.
The moving camera action, while hard to follow at times, came across as both realistic and dynamic. The actor supposedly in charge of the camera was barely ever seen in the film. However, he came across as one of the most engaging characters of all. But the real star was the cameramen who worked those angles and shots to milk every bit of drama out of this film.
The direction was obviously tight and right on the mark. While the actors were excellent, chances are they would not have had the impact that they did without the vision and guidance of Matt Reeves’ direction.
My only real criticism of the movie is that it would have been nice to have at least some understanding of the monster – – what it was or where it came from. It just pops up out of no where with no indication of it having existed prior to that night. Was it alien in nature? Was it some kind of mutant resulting from mankind’s blatant disregard of nature?
While perhaps that unknown was meant to further spur on the fear that gripped the whole film, it also made it a bit more difficult to accept as a real possibility. Godzilla, a mutant lizard created by man’s experimentation with nuclear weaponry, somehow made sense on a gut-wrenching level. Cloverfield’s monster just doesn’t quite get to the same place.
I loved this movie. It was fun, engaging, interesting and action packed. I give it four out of five stars. It is definitely worth a look-see.
In conclusion, if you are among the unfortunate ones who have not seen this classic yet, then I would recommend you to download it from the site vex movies and savor a generous 3 hours of your finite lives as the movie as all the ingredients of an all time blockbuster. So just grab your popcorn and get to see a masterpiece unfold before your eyes.