In only five more days a giant monster from the mind of J.J. Abrams and Matt Reeves will attack New York City and tear it to pieces. But alas, I remember back in August of 2006 saying that same sort of thing, but with a plane full of snakes. Cloverfield will drop on January 18th, this upcoming Friday, as has been promised since July when we were first introduced. I won't deny that I have this worried feeling in the back of my mind, that I'm trying to suppress, that is wondering whether this could be the next Snakes on a Plane. I really, really don't want it to flop like that, so my question is importantly, will it live up to the hype?
Before I get into the details on this, I will say up front that I'm expecting nothing but excellence. Everything I've heard from the few people who've seen it has been nothing but positive. I don't have a doubt in my mind (well, expect for what I mentioned above) that this is going to be awesome and that it'll do very well. However, I've been known to be wrong previously and over-predict certain situations. It's mid-January and people are all going back to school this week, so I'm just not entirely sure how it'll turn out. I can only cross my fingers and hope for the best.
There are a couple of things really going against Cloverfield's immense success, unfortunately. First off, in last week's Sunday Discussion, we discussed how most January movies suck, and how studios use it as dumping grounds for bad movies. Secondly, there are extensive nationwide early screenings on Tuesday night, and after the crowds who really want to see it have all done so by then, will the buzz still carry over to the weekend when it actually counts? Like Snakes on a Plane, once the people who want to really go see it have seen it, no one else will, even it is a great movie - at least, that's what I'm concerned of.
On the other side of the equation, I have a feeling that Paramount's marketing team is a lot smarter than New Line's (who put out Snakes on a Plane). And when this turns out as successful as everyone is expecting it to be, it'll go to show what great marketing can do (and become a model to follow). And more than anything it will go to show how incredible Paramount is at marketing, pulling off two non-sequels in less than a year's time that both became enormous blockbusters. Transformers has already done that, now it's Cloverfield's turn.
What do you think? Will Cloverfield live up to the hype? This is a two part question: 1) will it be as awesome as everyone wants it to be, and 2) will it perform as well at the box office as expected? What do you think? Not only do I really hope it achieves both of those, but at this moment, I actually believe it will be amazing and make money. Just wait and see!
User comment: By: DJI think that the movie will live up to the hype.But it could be boring so I would say 50 50 on weather it lives up to the hype or just all hype
User comment: By: chrisi have mixed feelings on this. I think the hand held video format may be its down fall aswell as its unique selling point.... The action parts will no doubt be in shakycam-o-vision, and this will spoil it after a while (see 28 Weeks Later for a film where the shaky cam action is used to brilliant effect in the opening infected scene, then it settles down later). The Bourne series was ruined because of the shaky cam action scenes, this could follow it. Ah well,got until Feb 2nd in the UK (i think) so plenty of time to read reviews and dodge spoilers!
User comment: By: EnolaGreat movie? nah, but it will be good enough I guess. Live up to the hype? No chance in hell. This movie is more hyped than 300, and 300 was nothing more than a good at best movie. Hype just doesn't make a movie better...
User comment: By: avoidzI'll see Cloverfield sometime on DVD, depending on good or bad reviews. I saw the new trailer before I Am Legend the other night, and the brief shaky cam shots gave me a headache on the huge screen I was watching. I don't think Cloverfield will be a huge hit; it has more of a cult following before it's even released.
User comment: By: cornholio_by_the_seaI never have wasted time paying attention to a critics review. I go see what appeals to me. The Cloverfield trailers are well done in that they definately make you want to know WTF is going on. However, a truly good movie will make it on it's own merit. Anything hyped to the maximum overkill like this gives me cause to be wary. Abrams is a big name I guess if you are a TV fan. I require a bit more substance and am not impressed by that fact alone. All in all, the trailers have been done well enough so I think the initial turnout wil be quite good. It remains to be seen what the buzz after will be.
User comment: By: Alex BillingtonJojo, where is this first bad professional critics review?? As far as I know, no one has reviewed it besides Harry and Jeffrey Wells, and both were very positive. Link please??
User comment: By: TerryI think there are so many things we don't know about this movie that a lot of people are concerned of being disapointed. Personaly I NEVER trust those critics and their review. People have different taste. If I want to go see a movie, it's because of the passion put into it. JJ Abrams has already proved that everything he does is way more than entertaining to me. I can feel the passion on everything he does. He IS the new Spielberg. I will go to see Cloverfield next Friday without any expectations. I will sit tight for a good ride, like if I would ride a good and exciting rollercoaster... and I just can't wait :)
User comment: By: Movie LoverI don't know what to predict. But as I mentioned a few days ago, if this is going to be an updated Godzilla movie (which is what it appears to be in the trailers I've seen), then it could certainly not live up to the hype. Also, I am worried b/c it has been said in some articles that the audience will get a good look at what is ravaging the city...and sometimes that can turn out cheesy and terrible. Sometimes the unseen or barely seen enemy is much scarier. Unless somehow JJ Abrams came up with some completely bad ass creature that will just knock your socks off. But what would that be? I think the idea of making the movie from the perspective of the 'little people' on the ground and using the hand-held video camera is what will make it unique. I'm holding out hope that it will be good. Not spectacular. But just good. That's all I really want. Please don't suck. Or be predictable.
User comment: By: scaryou need some love in here alex, I feel ya....snakes on a plane is so bad ...that it's great. just like jeeper creepers (what did you think of that one)....I don't know ....I'm one of those fans that....if I like a director or music or an actor....i'll go see or listen whatever they put out.....if metallica put out a country album, spielberg/lucas/scorcese did a musical or in this case whatever JJ has ties to ....I will go see wharver....i was such a sucker for felicity, alias, now lost....and yes MI3....I'll go and love whatever hi will put out....have you seen JJ's performance in Six degrees of Separation???? yes that one with will smith (should've gotten a nominaton....but whatever)
User comment: By: RewAll the reviews I've read have been very positive. I don't think you have to worry about the early screenings thing, from what I understand about it only a lucky few are going to get in. I have absolutely no shred of doubt in my mind that this movie will live up to the hype. Box Office performance is a little more hard to predict. But I still think that the movie would do good enough to make back its production costs on the opening weekend alone. What is the opening weekend numbers that people are expecting from this movie?
User comment: By: TirrellLmao, you thought Snakes on a plane would be good?! Lol. Man, you was trippin. Snakes on a plane!!! Lol. Now, I do think the movie will live up to the hype based off the trailers and what few people I've talked too that have seen the movie. Lol Snakes on a plane!
User comment: By: Jojo^ oh i meant its first bad official professional critic review
User comment: By: JojoNo this won't live to the hype. As for you Alex i think you should adjust your expectations because this movie already got its first bad review and not only that but the director's previous movies have SUCKED hardcore. This will be a mediocre movie at best.
User comment: By: jason_md2020Will it live up to the hype? If the script & the characters are as well thought out & executed as the marketing campaign then yes it will. As for box office? Who knows? By the way, would it be to much to hope for that this will be on an IMAX screen somewhere?
User comment: By: KrisYou were seriously expecting Snakes on a Plane to be anything beyond what it was? Wow. Oh and Transformers didn't really need marketing - it needed to be a movie about giant robots called Transformers to sell tickets.
Visit here to subscribe to commentsUser comment: By: StephenI think it will leave up to the hype, but like you I have that feeling back there that it could go wrong, because you never really know how it will turn out until you see it.