Let me start by saying I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t discuss any spoilers in this review. I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t provide any more details than most already know: Large beast does a Godzilla-rampage on downtown Manhattan. But donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let that stop you from going. This movie is so much more than a creature flick, and there are plenty of compelling moments.
Cloverfield is a thrilling ride, and worth paying every penny for the big screen experience. If you were thinking about waiting for the DVD, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll miss out because incredible sound effects almost portray another character in this high intensity, sometimes chaotic, edge-of-your-seat, event.
Much like Stephen SpielburgÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s War of the Worlds, this is a limited perspective story, shot from a hand-held camera attached to a group of 20-somethings who get caught in the carnage. But, again, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let that put you off. It only takes a few minutes to grasp the subtle genius of this perspective. You wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find polished angles, stunning vistas, or panning cameras. But you will find clever shots, feverish action, and be forced onto the ride during moment of sheer panic. Actually, I would describe the camera work as unadulterated brilliance.
Convincing and believable actors, exceptional CGI, and a compelling storyline, add to this already fascinating experience. I would strongly recommend a theater viewing. Honestly, I may see it again in the theater, which is something I rarely do.
When the dust cleared, I give this film a Strong Eight out of Ten: Pay Theater Prices, You Won’t Be Disappointed.