The Cloverfield Paradox Review

Just another bad Netflix movie.

Picture this. I'm sitting in my living room and very thoroughly enjoying watching the Patriots get beat by Nick Foles. Suddenly a trailer appears for the new Cloverfield movie, this movie that I have been speculating about since it's initial delay about a year ago. To say I was interested and excited was an understatement. But as the trailer ends I see something that makes me despair: the Netflix logo. The hype drains from my body knowing that the third installment in one of the better original franchise in recent memory will never be played on a big screen. While I despair I check twitter in an effort to numb some of the pain. As I scroll through the plethora of Super Bowl tweets I see something that catches my eye. This tweet from the Cloverfield account:

Could it be true? Would they actually stealth drop a pretty huge movie on us with no warning. After some further investigation, I realize that this movie is indeed dropping after the game. I begin to feel the excitement bubble up within me all over again. "This is unprecedented," I thought. "This could change the entire industry" I surmised. I sat there patiently waiting for the game to end so I could get to what I really wanted to do that night: watch Cloverfield. At this point you might ask, "Adam, why are you talking about the release of the movie and not the movie itself?" The answer, my friend, is because the release of this movie is the only interesting and successful thing about it. This movie is very bad. It makes next to no sense and completely demystifies a franchise that thrives on secrecy and mystery. It also just doesn't work as a science fiction movie because it straight up doesn't care about science. Almost all the story beats seem way to insane and have no grounding in science at all. The pacing of the film also jsut rushes the viewer throught everything in an attempt to make sure you don't question to stupudity iof it all. On top of that the main characters (who are all scientists) don't try to understand or explain what they see and instead just looks scared and begin to run around the ship like headless chickens. There was probably an interesting movie underneath all this stuff but it was jammed exposition and ties to the other Cloverfield movies that completely drag this movie down on nearly every level. For some reason, it takes it upon itself to try and tie together the previous two film into a cohesive universe. But in doing so it doesn't ever become its own movie. There are a few good things in this film though: the production design, cinematography, and performances are all good (especially Gugu Mbatha-Raw). But it just makes the movie that much more disappointing. I'm just sad that this film sought to tie a franchise together that didn't need to be connected, but in doing so brought the entire franchise down a peg. While the Cloverfield movies have always built excitement with their odd and interesting release strategies, they were successful because they were actually great movies. This film might have more initial hype than the last two films, but in time it will fade into the depths of Netflix's backlog and be forgotten just like every other bad Netflix movie.

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