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Saturday, 28 September 2013

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIES // WHY CLOVERFIELD IS AWESOME AND WHY YOU SHOULD LOVE IT

Cloverfield is the best monster movie of our generation, if not, of all time, okay?! And if you don't believe me, just read on...

So yesterday evening was kind of the perfect Friday night. Sure, at first when I got in from a long day at work I did fancy going out for a couple of drinks but then I found a 50% off code for Domino's pizza and felt pretty lazy, so in the end the food won. I also discovered that Cloverfield was showing on TV.

Cloverfield is my favourite film of all time (although I have many other favourites too of course) and this post is to tell you why. If you haven't watched it yet, I hope this convinces you to. It's well worth watching, at least just once!

So when I first went to see Cloverfield, I was pretty intrigued because J. J. Abrams had been so hush hush about the advertisement for it all, in fact I barely even knew it was a monster movie and hadn't really been planning to see it at first so I knew less than anyone but of course I ended up pleasantly surprised. I saw it with my ex at the time and I remember leaving the cinema really late at night and walking through town deserted and the movie had been so believable in a way that it felt really eerie and like a monster could come stomping through the town at any minute.

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So why is it so awesome?

 It's not JUST a movie 
If you don't know what Cloverfield is, it's basically about this huge ass monster that causes havoc and destroys New York, whereas the film in particular focuses on one small group of friends attempt to survive. But what's great about this film is that you can simply take it as it is - you can watch it on a big TV screen with surround sound and just enjoy it as a really awesome action packed monster movie. Or, you could look further into it, and discover all about this intricate but fascinating back story that J. J. Abrams has created. I think that's one of my favourite features about this film; it's not just a film. You can watch it and then take more and more from the movie; you could read up about different theories on the internet or you can scan the film for all the different 'hints' about the monster and it's back story. For example, the blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot at the very end where you can see something fall into the sea in the background - was this the monster? Or was this a satellite from the company the main character is going to work for? There's this whole other world and back story to the film, which is so great because it keeps us all entertained whilst we wait for the sequel that J. J. Abrams has been promising us for years ;)

 The style of cinematography is amazing 
Okay so first of all, the hand held camera affect (better known as the 'Shaky Camera' cinematographic technique) does make some people apprehensive because I know it can be wobbly and make you feel sick, but I personally love this rarely used filming style. It's been used in a couple of films before such as The Blair Witch Project, but if you can see past the fact that it may cause motion sickness if you're prone to that, it's actually an extremely smart affect. The shaky camera affect works perfectly with the idea of found footage, which is essentially what Cloverfield is, but it works in such a way that it draws you in like other films don't. It's much more personal and rather then feeling like you're just sat at home watching a film, you feel like you're there right in the action, perhaps it's even you holding the camera. In a way, you become part of the film and the story.

This also makes the build up amazing. You don't actually see the monster in full until the very end, and all the way through you just see small glimpses of it, such as it's foot or leg or whatever as it moves between buildings in the distance, or it's tail when you're too close up to see it's whole body fully. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat.


 It's a realistic and accurate representation of what would actually  happen if a monster came and stomped all over NYC 
It's filled with panic, screaming and, without wanting to spoil anything, a lot of death. But what I'm actually referring to here is the use of technology in the film. I mean, the whole thing is filmed on a video camera which was originally used to film a going away party.

 Rob Hawkins: Still filming? 
 Hud: Yeah, people are gonna want to know... how it all went down. 
 Rob Hawkins: Well, you can just tell them how it all went down, Hud. 
 Hud: No, that wouldn't work. People need to see this, you know? It's gonna be important. People are going to watch this. 

That quote is kind of spot on. So if you're caught in the middle of all this havoc, you're not exactly going to try and find your video camera and the first thing on your mind isn't going to be 'I want to film this'. But with a video camera (or mobile phone!) handy, of course everyone's going to start filming it all.

Much like the director, one of my favourite moments is also when they're all on the bridge and Hud is filming it all and he kind of pans around to see another guy filming it all on his mobile phone. For a split second, the camera lens is pointed at this guy's phone which is pointed right back at him, and it's just a really surreal but awesome moment where they're two completely different people but for that split second, their worlds just crossover. I really love that. There could be this whole other story going on that we don't know about - that could be the basis for a sequel - maybe that guy is just trying to survive like everyone else, maybe he's trying to get closer to the action, maybe he's trying to save someone too - we don't know, but it's still a really awesome moment.

 It has a bit of everything 
In basis, it is a monster movie, but it's also sci fi/thriller - and it even has a bit of comedy and romance thrown in. I mean c'mon, how romantic is it that Rob risks his life to go back and save the girl he's in love with, even though he doesn't even know if she's still alive or not? That's beyond romantic to me, and it also got me thinking. If that were happening to you and you had to try and survive with someone - who would it be? Someone that genuinely cares for you? Someone you just fancy? If it's the end of the world, you're going to want to go for a lot more than just looks!

 Finally, the monster is just bad-ass 
I'm not sure what makes it stand out among other monsters, it's just one of the best monsters I've ever seen without a doubt. It's unconventional and different, and it's actually really quite scary. Plus, the monster literally rips off the head off of the Statue Of Liberty and covers it in scratch and bite marks. Too. Awesome.

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So there we have it, five reasons (but certainly not ALL the reasons) to why Cloverfield is such an awesome monster movie and that everyone should watch it at least once. Although, a word of advice, it's best watched on a big TV screen with surround sound if you have it - this is NOT the type of movie that should be watched for the first time streamed online on a small laptop screen. Nope. You have to go all out for this movie, trust me...

What do you think? Have you seen Cloverfield? Is there another movie that you think beats Cloverfield for the best monster movie? Feel free to let me know with a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

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