This is a review I wasn't expecting to be writing. I remember last year I had "the new Cloverfield movie" as one of my most anticipated movies, but it never came. I wanted to put it on my list again this year, but I didn't want to get burned again. Then we get to the Super Bowl and that ad comes on all relaxed like "Oh, hey, we're releasing this on Netflix after the game. No big deal."
While I loved the marketing aspect of just dropping it out there, the fan reaction was less than desirable. I don't know if everyone was just a bit buzzed from the Super Bowl or what, but you could not get on social media without a ton of spoilers and a ton of people live tweeting the movie. People seemed to be able to keep their shit together for things like Stranger Things and Star Wars but this threw everyone into crazy town. Anyway, little rant aside, I will keep spoilers out of this review, other than basic plot stuff.
The Cloverfield Paradox is more of a true sequel to the original Cloverfield movie than 10 Cloverfield Lane, or more accurately it's a true prequel. Although I loved 10 Cloverfield Lane, probably the most out of the series, it was a movie that stood well on its own, with a little bit added in at the end to make it fit into the series.
This movie takes place before the events in Cloverfield. The world has an energy shortage and a group of scientists are going into space to test out a particle accelerator that can provide unlimited energy. While the original Cloverfield has that true horror feel, this movie felt a lot like an Alien movie with a strong science fiction backbone and a good amount of horror spliced in.
I really loved the wide variety of characters in this movie. The crew is made up of people from all over the world. It's not just a "yeah, America saves the day!" type of movie. The crew hails from China, Russia and Germany, to name a few. And with that comes some real tension. There is distrust among a few of the members, just as their countries back home have tensions.
The Cloverfield Paradox is definitely not perfect, but its flaws are easily overlooked. Much like a time travel movie, there are certain elements of reality (or at least understanding) that have to be put aside. While I'm sure a lot of the physics going on in the movie are based on reality, some of the outcomes are beyond most peoples understandings, so we just have to accept it. But like any good science fiction movie, this one does play by the rules it has established.
If you enjoyed either of the first two Cloverfield movies, do yourself a favor and watch this. It does answer some of your questions about the events in those movies. And on its own, it is a pretty solid movie with a great cast of characters and a spooky vibe.
Have you sat down to watch this yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments!
Jaime's Grade: B+ (https://www.thefresnerd.com/how-we-rate-movies/)
I actually found The Cloverfield Paradox to be disappointing. It's not bad, but my thoughts on the movie can be best expressed by "meh."
The casting, performances, and concept are quite good. Unlike most other Cloverfield fans, I even like how the movie ties into the other two movies in the franchise, especially Cloverfield. However, I found the movie has the following weaknesses:
* The major subplot of the movie dealing with the protagonist's husband and a little girl adds nothing to the story;
* The world-shattering premise of the movie is not supported by enough depth or related subplots, and this makes the overall story quite light I found;
* Characters' reactions to shocking events and revelations are quite cold;
* Some of the movie's science (or rather psuedo-science) came off as a bit too cheesy; and
* Plenty of the shocking events cannot be logically explained at all by the main premise of the movie.
I think 10 Cloverfield Lane is the gem of this franchise (a Fresnerd A) and I hope that the franchise releases more movies with that caliber of writing.
The best thing about this movie is that it expands the universe and premise of the whole Cloverfield franchise for more and more movies across varying settings. That's exciting!
I'd give The Cloverfield Paradox a Fresnerd C+, above average.