When we are all gone from this life, our cinema will be a lasting document of our failures. A self-impressed monster movie dogged by piss-poor writing and lackluster characterizations. The disproportionate punishments, inexplicable horror and futility of survival carry echoes of the literature of Junji Ito, but neither Goddard nor Reeves have it in them to stop being snide and condescending and actually tell a story.
Hollywood blockbuster movie where we follow the people that we usually only see get killed as an special effect afterthought in one of the few great "lost found footage" films that are made. A great first half when it is still a mystery what is happening in New York - is it terrorists, natural catastrophe, war? Revelation of a monster is actually a disappointment as it would have been better as a realistic film.
Cloverfield è l'adieu au langage dei monster-movie, con la differenza che se la pellicola di Godard si (af)fonda sull'atto stesso del "non vedere", il film di Reeves si edifica sullo stratagemma del "non visto". Un grandioso attentato all'occhio da parte di Internet e, insieme, il punto d'incontro tra quest'ultimo e l'Immagine. Cloverfield è l'11/09 capovolto, riguardante l'assimilazione mediatica d'informazioni.
Frustrating because at times, the film almost delivers on the hype generated through its excellent marketing campaign. The first section before the monster arrives is dull, but then the film falls into the trap of killing the tension by showing too much of the monster too quickly. Just like Super eight.
La città viene spazzata via da un mostro gigante che distrugge tutto con inaudita cattiveria, massacrando brutalmente persone ed animali. New York sta venendo sepolta nel caos, però la videocamera del protagonista non si spacca nonostante le cadute e, soprattutto non si scarica. Mai. Chiaramente viene ritrovata integra e funzionante a fine disastro. Duracell, dura di più.
The cast (with the exception of Lizzy Caplan) consists of CW extras that you could give flying fuck if they lived or died. The shaky found footage concept does put you in the moment, somehow I was still bored. The monsters look like they're straight out of DOOM. The tape switching back and forth between past and present makes no sense, once you tape over something ITS FUCKING GONE.
'Cloverfield' is a technical marvel, although that doesn't excuse the unnatural dialogue and slightly sloppy acting. Eventually, the movie falls into the typical tropes of found footage films, and giving the video camera to the most irritating character probably wasn't the smartest move either.
Cloverfield hasn't aged well, the "monster" design is rather unimaginative, the CGI parts dated badly, which is unfortunate because the film heavily relies on these. The characters are boring and forgettable, acting unconvincing. Where the film delivers is the depiction of chaos and destruction, and how well the concept of "lost footage" fits in such setting.