By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
With Cloverfield due to hit theaters tomorrow like a giant monster tearing through New York -- if that it is what it is, of course -- we figured we'd wet your taste buds with a couple of official reviews for the film.
While the online publications such as AICN claim that Cloverfield is 'perfect', 'genius', and all other sorts of positive words, some other media outlets aren't as confident.
An old-fashioned monster movie dressed up in trendy new threads, "Cloverfield" plays like "The Blair Witch Project" meets "Godzilla," as it charts via camcorder the desperate efforts of some twentysomething Soho scenesters to steer clear of a gigantic beast laying waste to Manhattan. Despite its indie-flavored shooting style, first-rate visual effects, reasonable intensity factor, nihilistic attitude and post-9/11 anxiety overlay, this punchy sci-fier is, in the end, not much different from all the marauding creature features that have come before it. But the Paramount release will be lapped up by thrill-seeking young auds everywhere for monstrous initial biz, spurred by an Internet-driven campaign that's been stoking fan interest for months.
Cloverfield, a surreptitiously subversive, stylistically clever little gem of an entertainment disguised, under its deadpan-neutral title, as a dumb Gen-YouTube monster movie, makes the convincingly chilling argument that the world will end — or, at least, Manhattan will crumble — with a bang and a whimper. The bang part, as millions who have seen the trailer already know, is supplied by the...thing...that arises on an otherwise peaceful May night to wreak destruction on New York City: He (She? It?) swats at skyscrapers and smashes NYC landmarks, abetted by tentacled mini-monsters that lunge directly at humans like voracious paparazzi. And when the military arrives to fight back, let's just say the troops opt for the all-out surge approach.
The average grade for Cloverfield seems to fall somewhere around a B+. Far from 'perfect' but still pretty damn good. If you still have doubts about seeing the film, just remember that there you will also find the first Star Trek trailer.