Fiiiinally saw Cloverfield last night after an agonising wait!
I have to say...I was a bit disappointed - but I guess it's inevitable after so much hype.
I just felt the first 20 mins or so were messy and it was hard to hear what everyone was saying. And there were some real dips in the action, which made the movie drag a bit.
But when the movie got going, it was amazing, and my jaw was on the floor. Great stuff - although the monster didn't seem all that new - it should have been a bigger version of the bugs - all teeth. I liked it that the movie could have stopped in various places, but carried on - great, I just wanted more monster madness.
Lots of imagination-stretches though - like would the military guys really let that guy film, would anyone really go into that toppling building to save someone. And the 9/11 references were a little overdone and cack-handed. Oh let's pay tribute to 9/11...with a BIG MONSTER MOVIE! nooooo. Too trite. Oh, and New York - giant monster - you can't really get away from Godzilla can you?
So all in all, way too hyped up, and Empire are so wrong with their 5 out of 5 score.
And I'm really annoyed I missed the splash at the end...
I heard there is going to be a sequel and I reckon it'll take place at the same time as the first movie but from different perspectives - JJ likes playing around with time, doesn't he, and doing clever things in that regard.