Harry Knowles of AICN has seen Cloverfield, and has posted a raving review. Here are a couple snippets:
“CLOVERFIELD is a bold genre-reinvention unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”
“The movie is f**king brilliant. It’s what we were told it was going to be. An intimate perspective on an impossibly grand scale human disaster beyond most human levels of comprehension.
“Like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, but instead of Nazis it’s a giant monster.”
“Characters die. Shit goes horribly horribly wrong â€“ and it rules!”
“There’s no score, there’s no rules, there feels like there’s no script and no movie. It feels found, but it is so huge that you can’t ever really believe thatâ€¦ but handheld film just has never had a story of something this fantastical or huge happen. The movie is a landmark genre film. A true milestone in film.”
“[Matt Reeves] just came out with a film about as SUNDANCE as you could imagine. This is like an INDIE film â€“ that you’d dream Spielberg would make.”
“CLOVERFIELD is worth the obsession, worth the months I’ve had to put up with fans wondering what the hell it was”
Disclaimer: But before you drink the kool aid, please remember that Harry Knowles has never been known as a good barometer of taste. This is the same guy who once gave the American remake of Godzilla a glowing review, right? This is not a knock against Knowles or his site, as I’m sure even Harry would agree that he gets way over-excited in his movie reviews. I’m also not saying that Cloverfield won’t be awesome. Everyone I’ve talked to who has seen it has had nothing but good things to say about the movie. Just something to consider.