‘Shadow in the Cloud’ Review: Chloë Grace Moretz Battles Sexists and Gremlins in This Goofy World War II Horror Movie [TIFF 2020]
Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 by Chris Evangelista
Shadow in the Cloud kicks-off with an amusing Looney Toons-style cartoon about a lazy, drunken World War II pilot blaming “gremlins” for all his problems. It’s cheeky and funny, and it starts things off on the right foot. “Ah-ha!” you think. “This movie is going to be fun!” Spoiler alert: it’s not. Sure, there are attempts at fun here. There are long, implausible action beats (one character actually falls out of a plane only to be blasted back into the plane by an explosion below – an explosion that doesn’t hurt said person in the slightest). And there’s a pulsing synth-based score that feels incredibly weird in a movie set during the Second World War. But none of this is enough to save Shadow in the Cloud from its own worse impulses.