Review – The Cloverfield Paradox
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Review – The Cloverfield Paradox
Directed by: Julius Onah
Produced by: J.J. Abrams & Matt Reeves
Written by: Oren Uziel
Starring: Daniel Bruhl, David Oyelowo & Elizabeth Debicki
Release Date: February 5th 2018
Right, quick disclaimer – this is going to be less of a review of The Cloverfield Paradox and more of a rant on how this movie ruins any Cloverfield movies going forward.
In terms of reviewing this film, I actually don’t think that this film is as bad as most other people have been saying. There are actually some cool moments and neat ideas here, they just don’t really work when they are all put together like this movie tried to do. I liked the cast, I thought that the set was cool, I even enjoyed some of the more cheesy sci-fi clichés in the film, but the whole point of the first two Cloverfield movies is that these planet altering events aren’t explained. Even if you totally disregard the fact that this ‘explanation,’ actually makes no sense when you think about the timeline of the first movie’s events, half the fun of the first movie was trying to work out exactly wtf was going on, this half arsed attempt at explaining it just ruins any of that potential fun.
Then, the second movie established that the ‘Cloverfield,’ label was more of an umbrella that went over these exciting sci-fi movies. Sure, it ties the movies together as a franchise, but there are no obvious links between the franchise entries and that’s ok. Think of the ‘Cloverfield,’ title as being similar to the ‘Twilight Zone.’ Not everything has to make sense and call back/forward to another entry in the franchise. The tenuous links we had in the other movies, like how it was mentioned in 10CL that Howard worked at a satellite company before building his underground bunker, was more than enough to constitute a link and spark the online fan theories, we didn’t need any more than that. Then there was all of the online marketing stuff involving Slusho and Tagruato, which was so clever and unique and elevated the first movie from being a mediocre monster flick to something intriguing and ripe for discussion.
Now this movie comes along and claims that all of these events are interconnected, even though the events of of the previous two movies took place years before the events of Cloverfield Paradox. Then they think by showing us a huge version of Clover from the first movie at the end of Paradox just automatically makes everything okay?
Why did they not just make this movie about a group of astronauts on a space station having some weird shit happening to them, (like the original script for this film was written,) and then call it Cloverfield: God Particle? (which was the movie’s original title.) They could have still had Stambler’s brother on the news at the start talking about how the crew’s mission is dangerous and that would be enough to link this to the other movies. Why they included the appearance of Clover at the end of Paradox and the other half arsed attempts to tie the other two movies into this one is beyond me. It is so unnecessary and defeats the whole point of the Cloverfield franchise as a whole.
That is the reason I didn’t like this movie, not because of the movie itself. The film itself was ok, but what it tried to do in terms of connecting these movies was stupid and unnecessary and may have ruined any other Cloverfield movies going forward.
Check out Dan’s review for Synchronic here.
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