Cloverfield (Matt Reeves – 2008) B+

An enjoyable creature-feature crossed with Blair Witch Project and I liked it on those terms. It does what it is supposed to do and at a little over 80 minutes it is not too long or the handy cam would’ve been unbearable. I think it is a very smart decision not to focus on the ‘monster’. It is mostly viewed from a distance or in fuzzy focus when it eats the camera man! Instead we get a very well orchestrated but restrained mayhem in the streets and skyscrapers of Manhattan as we follow the fate of the few characters from Rob’s going-away party. One big plus and what, for me, moved this from a B to a B+ is the opening and closing scenes with Beth and Rob, they are tender and very poignant in light of all else that happens on that one tape.

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