My Thoughts on Cloverfield

I had really mixed thoughts as I left the theatre after seeing the J.J. Abrams-produced monster film Cloverfield.

One one hand, I liked it’s unique take on monster films. It’s far from a simple Godzilla clone and I believe that the hand-held Blair Witch-like cinematography was a smart idea.

One the other hand, that same cinematography resulted in giving me the worst case of motion sickness I have ever experienced in a movie theatre.

I can’t entirely blame the movie. I really like The Blair Witch Project and, even though I’ve only seen it on TV screens, it still makes me a bit sick.

I would say the faster pace of Cloverfield does make it a bit worse than Blair Witch, but still it wouldn’t be fair to judge the film just because I am prone to motion sickness (it would be like saying I don’t like an amusement park because I got sick from the roller coaster).

Motion sickness aside, I enjoyed Cloverfield and hopefully the experience would be more manageable on a smaller screen when it comes out on DVD.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).