The internet was hit with a bombshell when the 10 Cloverfield Lane trailer launched no less than two months ago. People were in complete amazement that an anticipated sequel to one of Bad Robot's most illustrious sci-fi films was able to keep itself hidden in a world where almost everything about a movie is leaked and spoiled on the internet before the film's release.
Fortunately, every detail of the film had been tucked away under a deadlock seal until released in theaters. This contributes to the astute marketing of the movie. The producers at Bad Robot did a brilliant job of reeling in the audience without giving away critical details of the story (Hint,Hint: Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Captain America: Civil War).
In all honest, those two really need to take notes from this film. Going in to see this, I had no idea what to expect. J.J Abrams previously advised fans to not go in expecting a direct sequel to the first film and I didn't. Instead, I went in and witnessed something completely original and amazing. Without further ado, I am going to cherry-pick the best parts that make this film a thrilling, fun experience.
Right off the bat, you are greeted with a chilling composition spawning from the melodic aptitude of Bear McCreary. For those of you with great cinematic musical acumen, you might recognize McCreary's work on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Constantine, and The Walking Dead. This film begins strong with questions that can only be answered by observing ocularly which is accompanied by an OST that left me with goosebumps. If you'd like to give it a listen, here's the video from the composer's official youtube.
One of the most crucial ingredients of a great film is a stellar cast. Needless to say, this film has fine casting. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr. don't fail to convey something the first film didn't, generally likeable characters. Elizabeth-Winstead does a great job playing a strong, tough female lead who can trek (No Pun Intended!) into the emotional parts of the film without being forced. She isn't cookie-cutted into a sexual symbol that most female horror leads are pushed into. John Gallager Jr. serves as a great source of comedic relief for the film's most intense and suspenseful moments so you don't remain constantly on edge. The story's main trio of characters are well-developed even though the film doesn't specifically focus on one character's life. You'll be rooting for the protagonists to make it out safely all the way to the end and be saddened if they don't. The cast blends well into each other's performances and you can tell they enjoyed making this film together.
The tension of the film is something from a Hitchcock film meeting a 90's thriller. The thrilling moments of this film aren't as predictable as you may presume. This film is a psychological yo-yo. It reels you in with witty humor and the charm of the cast but then dips you into spine-chilling terror. The palpitations of your heart are endless. The film does not become too reliant on jumpscares as most horror films these days are. Not to say that this is a horror film. If you were to classify this film to a certain genre, it would be more of a tongue-in-cheek thriller/horror. As I mentioned before, the film has comedy relief as a band-aid for every shock. Or to make an even stranger analogy, the film's suspense is like gas and the humor is Gas X or Pepto Bismo. Nevermind, forget I said that. You get the point. The comedy in this film does not water down the quality of the film as you think it would.
This installment is more than a cheaply plotted thriller with the Cloverfield brand name stamped on it. It can be unpredictable which is what made it such a fun experience. Don't do any research on the film before seeing. It's an even greater experience when you have absolutely no prior knowledge. I am glad that I didn't know a thing about the movie going in. The less you know, the better.
The film is in theaters now. What exactly are you waiting for?