YMMV / Cloverfield


  • Better on DVD: Even if the shaky-cam style of the film didn't make some theater-goers queasy, the fact that on DVD you can pause or rewind at will greatly enhances the idea that you're viewing a tape found in the wreckage that's been kept in some government archive.
  • Director Displacement: No, J. J. Abrams did NOT direct Cloverfield. That goes to Matt Reeves. Unfortunately since Abrams is associated with a whole slew of friggin' projects, Reeves is constantly not mentioned for directing the film.
  • Epileptic Trees: Plenty, and those are only the tip of the iceberg. The Alternate Reality Game tied into the film lead to many more of them, most of which were Jossed.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Prior to the release of the film, the monster was speculated to be none other than Godzilla himself. Eight years later, Godzilla Resurgence would run with Cloverfield's premise and filming style.
    • Director Matt Reeves would later direct Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a film in a franchise that is, like Cloverfield, arguably best known for a shot of a destroyed Statue of Liberty.
  • Hype Backlash:
    • Mostly due to people being nauseated by the Shaky Cam.
    • The huge speculation over the details of the film, such as its real title or what the monster looked like, also had a lot of people very interested. After so many guesses and questions, many found the actual results quite underwhelming.
  • I Am Not Shazam: None of the characters are named Cloverfield, not even the monster (though the filmmakers nicknamed it "Clover"). Cloverfield was the designation the government gave to the videotape that was in the camera throughout the film.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Plenty of people went to the movie just to see what the monster looked like (as it was completely absent from the marketing).
  • Love It or Hate It: Some fans praise the unique storytelling format, and others decry some of the characters' actions, the Jitter Cam and the lack of explanation about where the monster came from. People who like the movie think that the lack of explanation is entirely logical, and more or less the entire point of the movie.
  • Narm:
    • The parasites sound rather like an angry Donald Duck.
    • Out of all the things you could have chosen to be on the TV in the electronics store, you chose SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • The shot where Marlena explodes. Most of the film's CGI ranges from "pretty good" to "really great". This is an exception. Take away the blood splatter and it looks like something that could've come out of The Nutty Professor, or an old Daffy Duck cartoon.
  • Older Than They Think: Aside from having non-military/scientist types being the main characters in a monster movie, there's the parasites: Godzilla had lethal 5ft sea lice called Shokilas way back in 1984.
  • Rewatch Bonus: If you rewatch the movie with the knowledge that the monster is a Non-Malicious Monster (not to mention all the other stuff from the ARG and Word of God) than the movie will make a lot more sense for you.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Why the sequel was in Development Hell for so long?
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Look up Cloverfield on deviantArt, and see how many pictures people draw of chibi/baby Clovie.
    • The films plays out very differently when you keep in mind that Clovie isn't evil or a horrible agent of destruction. According to creature designer Neville Page, he's more like a lost puppy.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Keeping in mind that the monster is a baby looking for its mom makes watching this movie an entirely different experience. It is sort of a tragic figure, but the fact that it's a terrified baby is actually supposed to add to its scariness. As one of the people working on the film put it: "There is nothing scarier than a really big thing that's been spooked".
    • There's also the fact that babies have enormous appetites, and in between spooking and running away, Clover has to stop and feed. And he's surrounded by tasty little treats - us.

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