Went to see Cloverfield yesterday with some douche nozzles I used to work with. Hadn't seen any of them in at least a year and it's been probably two and a half years since all four of us were together.
We used to be smoke buddies and we had lunch at Hooters ever Friday. There would be the occasional poker game or party. One of the guys quit the company to strike off on his own. I got "force managed" out the door. We still email jokes and quips from time to time, but this was the first time we've gotten together for anything in a long time. It was fun!
Anyway... the movie.
Well, first of all, there were the previews.
I got MAJOR WOOD when they played the trailer for Iron Man!
I've watched it many times on the computer but that was the first time I've seen it on the Big Screen. Great Googly Moogly!! Iron Man is The Shit! That movie is going to rawk!!
And if that wasn't enough, we also got to see the teaser for J.J. Abrams reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Here it is in craptastic YouTube.
It looks a whole lot better in the theatre. Iron Man and Star Trek...that's worth the price of admission right there.
It was good. Big mysterious monster attacks New York, havoc ensues. There is no music soundtrack...this is "found footage" taken on a hand held video camera. This isn't the story of the scientists and the military trying to figure out what it is and what to do about it. This is the story of people on the ground just trying to help their friends and stay alive while all of the shit is going down. Needless to say the camera work is every bit as hectic and jerky as you would expect it to be. Very Blair Witchy. Took some time to adjust. Some won't be able to adjust and may get nauseous or get a bad headache.
You mostly only get quick glimpses of the monster as it moves between the buildings. There is a good closeup and a money shot of the entire beasty towards the end, so you don't get entirely cheated.
You have no idea what this monster looks like until you see the movie. Yeah, I know you THINK you do, but you really don't. I've been googling the shit out of it for days and it's just not out there. Still not out there today. I just checked. How Abrams and crew have been able to keep this under wraps, even after the release is beyond me.
Hud, the guy behind the camera, has the best lines. Especially in the subway tunnel.
So, I don't know if I can recommend this movie or not. Depends on how much you like big giant monster movies and your tolerance for herky-jerky camera work.
But you can always go to see the Iron Man and Star Trek previews and then leave if you start to get motion sick.