Sunday Morning Movie: Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield (2008)
Directed by Matt Reeves

For breakfast: Biscuits and Gravy

I love a good monster movie and when one comes around that’s as clever and well-executed as Cloverfield, it’s hard not to be pleasantly surprised. The shaky, 1st person camera is a tough thing to pull off without being obnoxious, see The Blair Witch Project, but I think Cloverfield does a pretty good job of it. Of course it helps that JJ Abrams seems to bring a certain amount of energy to everything he’s involved with and this film definitely has plenty of energy. It’s an intense ride that only occasionally dips its toe into silliness and despite it’s contrivances it keeps the viewer engaged for the swift 80 minute run time.

Speaking of the run time, I think it’s fairly impressive what all the filmmakers are able to accomplish in such ¬†short span of time. The characters and back story, while somewhat cheesy, are solid enough to make us care about what’s happening on screen. My only real complaint is that they’re far too young for the jobs they’re supposed to have and the apartments they allegedly live in…in Manhattan no less. Had the characters been maybe 10 years older I wouldn’t be distracted with logistics while a giant monster tears up New York City. But honestly, there’s really no place for logic when it comes to a film like this.

Now I’m not sure what all should be attributed to director Matt Reeves, or whether it was Abrams or the writing or all of the above, but I just love how everything about the film was so well done and thought out — from the great ad campaign that left us wanting more all the way through to the enjoyable finished product. That’s not to say the film isn’t flawed, it absolutely is, but the overall experience is so intense that it’s just plain fun.

Grade: B+