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YMMV: Chronicle
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Andrew. Was his final breakdown at the end a result of everything he had suffered, including getting set on fire... or did the morphine he was heavily doped up on exacerbate his already growing instability? Or both?
  • Awesome Music: "The Chronicle," by Cuzzy Capone.
  • Cult Classic: It was a box office hit, but it seems on its way to becoming this thanks to the fanbase on Tumblr.
  • Fallen Hero: Richard, as a former firefighter, has presumably saved more than enough lives to be called a hero. The loss of his job and his wife's illness has reduced him to an abusive, alcoholic Jerk Ass by the time of the film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Seeing Andrew suffer at the hands of his dad and hang out with his superpowered friends is especially funny since Dane DeHaan is playing Harry Osborn in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2. More hilarious is seeing him destroy a spider with his power.
    • Harsher in Hindsight: We also see Andrew grow a taste for beating the crap out of his best friends and generally growing more insane by the day, partially thanks to his violent father. Now what is Harry Osborn famous for again?
  • Jerkass Woobie: Richard's Jerkass tendencies outweigh The Woobie part, however.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Richard crosses it when he blames a comatose Andrew for Andrew's mom's death. He even tries to punch him while he was still in a coma.
  • The Scrappy: Richard Detmer. Very likely an Intended Audience Reaction.
    • Possibly a Hate Sink.
    • Casey is pretty disliked for being an obvious plot device (there needing to be another camera).
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: What a lot of people think Chronicle is to a certain anime/manga about telekinetic teenagers. Carrie comparisons are also pretty common.
  • Special Effects Failure: The floating Legos are very obvious CG, but...
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: ... the rest of the movie clearly doesn't stint on its (relatively low) budget. Just try and believe this movie was made for only 12 mill. Go on.
  • Sleeper Hit: The film had a modest budget for it's type and didn't have a whole lot of advertising, and was even dumped into theaters in January on Super Bowl weekend, but the positive reception and word-of-mouth not only helped make it a big hit, but also gave some of the relatively then-unknown cast and crew their big break and are now currently involved with various future Hollywood productions. (For example, the aforementioned casting of Dane DeHaan in the new Spider-Man sequel.)

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