Monday, January 28, 2008

Cloverfield Addendum  

So after a little waffling, we decided to be bold and go out to catch a movie after the sun went down. Cloverfield was playing out on 45th, so we took in the last show along with a small crowd of completely obnoxious twentysomethings who probably should have either been studying, or in lockup.

The movie was good, but I went into it without knowing much about it except that it was a Godzilla sort of thing told from the perspective of regular people. I had heard that they aped the Blair Witch Project shaky camera style, but I didn’t realize that the entire film was shot that way. It did indeed give the movie immediacy and intimacy, there were a couple of times when I wished they would just hold the damn camera still.

I don’t wanna give away too much to people who haven’t seen it yet, so I’ll just say that it does a very effective job of re-creating what it might be like for a group of big-city people under siege from the unknown. It wasn’t perfect but it was fresh, and that counts for a lot in my book.


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2 comments: to “ Cloverfield Addendum


    Did you get motion sickness from the filming? Everyone I talked to who saw the film said they got nauseus watching it because of the camera-work.


    The shaky-cam antics were pretty extreme in places, but i didn't actually get sick... i got a little tired of it at times, though. however, i may have a stronger stomach than most, since i've heard more than a few people say they got a little queasy. this movie will do big in Japan, i'm sure... ^_^