20 January 2008
Cloverfield is a wonderful awful movie. The script and acting are pretty hokey and predictable, but it's so much a movie of its time that it will be studied in years to come. In some ways it's not unlike a classic such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers which is immersed in the ethos of the 1950's. Cloverfield is the first great classic B-movie of the post-9/11, highly connected mobile media world. It's no accident that the most interesting character is Hud - and he's literally a Heads-Up Display. And the execution - special effects, editing, sound - are near perfect. It would never be my favorite movie, but the target demographic will want to see it more than once and buy the DVD. It's going to make a lot of money for many years to come.