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: "This Bright Flash" by M83 is exactly the kind of mood music you want to hear when the movie ends.
  • Cult Classic: It was a box office hit, but it seems on its way to becoming this thanks to the fanbase on Tumblr.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Andrew's downfall seems eerily prophetic of Josh Trank's Creator Breakdown during the development of Fantastic Four (2015). Things started off good for him with the success of Chronicle, but his on-set behavior (which was allegedly caused by Executive Meddling) costing him his role as director of a Star Wars spin-off film, and the film's overall reception and box office numbers have made the film a potential Creator Killer for him. Trank's behavior even apparently goes back to the production of this film itself, possibly similar to how constantly abusive Richard was from the beginning. And similar to Richard, Trank began having problems with alcohol.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When Steve rescues the trucker, his wet, skintight blue shirt begins to resemble a Fantastic Four uniform.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Richard's Jerkass tendencies outweigh The Woobie part, however.
    • As the film went on, Andrew. Although with Andrew, the 'Jerkass' trope could be due to how much Sanity Slippage he endured due to his father's abuse, the stress of his mother's illness, and of course the Hope Spot he lost.
  • 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. That is if there is any doubt that he did it by abusing and emotionally destroying Andrew in the first place.
    • Andrew himself is a more complicated example. He could be said to have crossed it when he caused that car-crash that left the driver at best hospitalized and at worst dead, but he is so broken and emotionally damaged that it is hard to lose all sympathy for him.
  • The Scrappy: Casey is pretty disliked for being an obvious plot device (there needing to be another camera).
    • Richard's also very disliked, although it's obvious he's a deliberate Hate Sink.
  • Spiritual Licensee: What a lot of people think Chronicle is to a certain anime/manga about telekinetic teenagers, if it's not considered an outright case of Serial Numbers Filed Off. Carrie comparisons are also pretty common.
  • Special Effects Failure: The floating Legos are very obvious CG.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Considering that the movie was made on a $12,000,000 budget, the computer-generated effects are pretty impressive.
  • What an Idiot:
    • While the found-footage aspect is important to the narrative and going for a more "realistic" superhero movie, there's a noticeable logical disconnect in terms of how it would work within the story—particularly, in regards to what Andrew does after he nears the end of the Protagonist Journey to Villain. The biggest offenders would have to be when he films himself assaulting people and robbing a convenience store, both of which would net him a few months (or years) in juvenile detention at the least.
    • Richard berating Andrew while he was in the hospital. If he was so sure his yelling was going to wake him up, he'd know not to screw with somebody who earlier in the film effortlessly threw him across the room.