This week we’re looking at the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise. Following Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) the third film serves to tie in the seemingly unrelated earlier installments – But does it do the job?
The Cloverfield Paradox | M | Science Fiction
Director: Julius Onah
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl
As a fan of the Cloverfield films this installment didn’t quite live up to the expectations left in the wake of the first two. While it was a fairly enjoyable watch with good visuals, production, effects etc, the story-line had a few too many plot-holes and the characters weren’t quite fleshed out enough to keep me engaged in their personal stories. Okay if you’re just looking for some fluffy sci-fi entertainment that you’re not planning to think too hard about.
Cinematography, production and except some scenes, this movie hardly makes an impact. I was trying to find out the meaning of Paradox throughout the movie and I never found it. There is absolutely no logic put into the plot of this movie. The characters have no clear motives, the pacing is incredibly awkward, and there is zero correlation to any preexisting Cloverfield story line.
Honestly, it’s a mess. It has the feeling that several directors tried and walked away from it, so it’s discombobulation is actually a little infuriating. I really believe that there were too many cooks in the kitchen for this one as far as story goes. There is such a low level of motivation for the audience to remotely care about any of the characters. On the other hand, the production design, visual effects and cinematography are great! It’s a beautiful looking piece of cinema. The actors themselves do a standard fine job, but the words coming out of their mouths and their relationships as dictated by the script are terrible.
Keywords used to describe this movie:
Awkward. Mediocre. Crammed. Uninspiring. Discombobulated. Confused. Sci-Fi. Soulless.
What did you think of The Cloverfield Paradox? We’d love to hear your thoughts! And make sure you stay up to date with the films so you can join in the conversation next fortnight.
And the next film is…
An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn | MA15+ | Comedy
Director: Jim Hosking
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch
Lulu Danger’s unsatisfying marriage takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious man from her past comes to town to perform an event called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.”