Alright. Finally. A scary movie I actually want to see…
It’s been a long time coming, y’know? With all the grisly torture films that have rained down like a plague in theaters, Alien versus Predator Requiem almost seemed refreshing. Plain old slash and splatter-guts, back to the simple life.
Not that I feel any compulsion to see that.
But Cloverfield? Hello.
Every time I see this preview I go, “What? What is it? What’s happening?” It looks like they’ve remade Godzilla…. giant monster attacks Manhattan. Woohoo! It’s okay to cinematically ravage NYC again! The world has been waiting.
But what’s intriguing from what I’ve read, this is like monster blockbuster meets YouTube realism. The film is shot with hand-held cameras, and it’s created from the perspective of a tape found after these events had unfolded. There aren’t any credits, it just throws you into the story. If you’ve seen the ads, you know they possess a grainy, realistic tinge.
So what is the monster? Is it a giant lizard, a tricked out Godzilla, or some blood-curdling multi-mouthed beast with rotting heads? I’m confident that this won’t be another ‘The Village‘ where Mr. Slavering beast turns out to be completely bogus.
Yep, I’m curious. The producer of this film is J.J. Abrams, and the director is Matt Reeves. These were the co-creator’s of television series ‘Felicity‘ which also centered in New York City. Abrams has been active in both television and movies, but has largely avoided the horror genre. The television series ‘Lost‘ is probably the closest project to Cloverfield that he’s taken on. Writer Drew Goddard, on the otherhand, has written scripts for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as working with Abrams on Alias and Lost. I’m interested to see what it is about this film that inspired Reeves and Abrams to try a monster movie.
Cloverfield will be in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 18th.
And so will Mad Money! Girls? Cus yeah, this is a chick-flick. It’s clearly a chick-flick. It looks like a fun chick-flick. I hope so. I like Queen Latifah a lot. There’s a real positive energy that comes from her. Last Holiday made me laaaauugh.
And there’s the mysterious Katie Holmes showing up all sunshiny in this film which is a really good move on her part. At this point the media has portrayed her as almost a prisoner in Tom Cruise’s mansion, an innocent duped into being the wife of a religious cult fanatic. That may all be true, but she looks great, doesn’t she?
What about Diane Keaton, though? There seems to be a trend of her teaming up with the hottest Hollywood nubile in her latest string of romantic comedies: ‘Because I Said So‘ with Mandy Moore, ‘The Family Stone‘ with Rachel McAdams, ‘Something’s Gotta Give‘ with Amanda Peet and now ‘Mad Money‘ with Katie Holmes. This trio make for an interesting visual; I hope there’s real chemistry and fun in this movie. I may need it to calm my jitters after Cloverfield.