Stopped off on the way home from work tonight to watch Cloverfield. If you, like me, live in the land of Marcus, you'll have to do a bit of searching to find it. Marcus rejected the contract offered by the studio, and will not be showing this movie, at least for the early weekends. Still, there are enough places to see it, that if you want to, you can.
But is it worth it? Well, that depends. First off, the movie is shot all in handheld, a la Blair Witch. If you got seasick at that one, you'll want to sit in the back row for Cloverfield. It struck me as even more jumpity and whirly. Definitely brought me a bit of nausea, especially in the beginning.
Unlike Blair Witch, tho, we do see the monster. And damn! that's a good monster. It's believable and just damned good looking. We rarely see the big guy close up, but that fits in with the approach the movie takes. This isn't a movie about the generals and scientists trying to find Mothra's weakness so that he can be defeated. Rather, it takes a 9-1 approach. We follow a small group of people through the streets as they try to get everyone out to safety.
It's dirty and dangerous. They're sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively in the dark. The military and the monster pop up unexpectedly, because they're involevedin their battle, and completely unaware of these 5 small people running through the progressively more ruined New York.
But I do have a problem with the movie. It raises loads of questions (I'll add mine to the comments, feel free to add yours too. Let's consider it an automatic spoiler zone), but doesn't answer any of them. It does reflect reality. Little people on the ground almost never know what's going on in a disaster. Ask those present when the plans hit the WTC, or when Katrina hit NOLA. But it departs so far from what we expect in a monster/disaster movie that it makes it feel kind of pointless.
In the old days, movie trailers used to show clips of the building tension of the movie, without revealing the big secrets. That's how this movie felt. Like an 84 minute movie trailer. And as a trailer, it was great! I really want to see this movie. Has anyone heard if there are any plans to release it?
PS: There appears to be a Cloverfield ARG. Perhaps the rest of the story will come out there.