I have tried to avoid as many spoilers as possible before I saw this film because Abrams's films are best enjoyed with as little knowledge as possible about the film going in. That being said, I will avoid spoilers as much as possible in this review.
I have been waiting for a sequel to "Cloverfield" since the film came out, way back in 2008. Add into that fact that one of my favorite actors, John Goodman, was starring in it, I was extremely excited to see this film. I can say as a fan of the original that the film functions well as both a relative to the original and as a film on its own.
On one hand, I feel bad for the writers of the original script. The film without the "Cloverfield" elements is still great. The tension works incredibly well, and I would hate to see my story changed so much. On the other hand, it was awesome to see the "Cloverfield" elements come back to life, and to see your script turned into an installment into a series that has a cult following must be cool.
The acting in the film was great. John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr., and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all do a great job in their roles. I won't go too much into the qualities that make them good, however I will say that Winstead played an extremely likable protagonist.
Like I mentioned earlier, I loved the plot. That being said, however, there were a few small issues. I will only say these things generally because again, I want to avoid spoilers. There are a few errors in logic. One event is super predictable once another event happens.
In most films of this nature, I feel that too much time is spent on the buildup and too little on the conflict, but I did not feel that way about this film. Overall, I was very pleased with this movie and you should definitely check it out.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Absolutely.
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