Release date: March 11th, 2016
(Technically I saw this about 2 weeks ago, just slow to review)
The thing I liked about this movie was that it was a surprise.
Nowadays when a trailer for a movie comes out it sums up the entire movie (because apparently audiences are too stupid to judge if they want to see a movie without seeing the entire movie summed up first).
I appreciate that both the marketing team and the film makers had some faith in the audience to put the pieces together themselves. Everything in the original trailer happens within the first 20 minutes of the movie.
Apparently, when they were making the movie they worked under a different title. Some of the actor’s didn’t even know this was related to Cloverfield until well into post-production. That’s pretty cool… and fitting for the genre.
I enjoy the Cloverfield universe and was pretty excited about this next installment in that world. It did not disappoint. I will say this isn’t a prequel or a sequel, rather just another look through some other people’s eyes. And don’t go see it expecting answers, but if you’ve seen and liked Cloverfield, you probably don’t expect much in the way of answers.
During the almost 2 hour movie you spend that time thinking you know what is happening and then realizing you don’t… rinse and repeat. I think the symbolism of the characters putting together the puzzle and specifically what it is off is pretty important.I’m not going to say much more in terms of plot because it’s best being a surprise.
There were some really great shocking moments and twists and turns in this film. Plus, the acting was pretty phenomenal from John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. It is well written and directed. There are a few moments that seem a bit unbelievable, but the good outweighs the bad here.
Lastly, I will say I appreciate a PG-13 rated movie because there are stipulations on how much and in what context certain words can be use. For instance, there can usually only be a few occurrences of the f-word, and they can not be in a sexual context. So when expletives are used they are more impactful.
I give this movie a thumbs up for one very appropriate use of fuck.