10 Cloverfield Lane

“10 Cloverfield Lane” is exactly how I want a movie to come out. You do not hear about it until out of nowhere there’s a trailer that tells you little and it’s like: Out next month! … Boom! Loved that. I loved going into this movie knowing almost nothing. Again, wonderful.

MVP is absolutely John Goodman. I love the man and he is a powerhouse of talent again in this. He’s both sympathetic and fearsome at the same time. Mary Elizabeth is great as well and I know a lot of people are going to name her MVP instead. John Gallagher Jr. hits it out of the park too.

The film itself is the type of movie I dig: It completely works as one movie, so already I’m satisfied. But there’s a bonus movie on top of that too, which is just as entertaining too. I very much dig these kinds of films.

Why only 4 stars from me? I can’t really tell you. There wasn’t anything I really disliked. It’s just the movie ended and I thought it was a 4 out of 5 star movie. My biggest criticism was extremely minor. It was *SPOILERS* Michelle didn’t need an arc. What sets up that arc works just fine for the background of her character. You don’t need to come back to that to “pay it off”. That’s just what they teach you in film school and the truth is: Films don’t actually need it! :O OMG the whole industry would collapse if we started moving away from these film school lessons. Films don’t need three acts and characters don’t need arcs. Imagine the surprises we would have in films if we started moving away from these concepts/tropes. – But that’s not a fault of the film. This is anything but formulaic. Probably why that last bit stood out to me as being too “Hollywood” out of everything else in the film.

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