Movies – 10 Cloverfield Lane Review (or ‘A Palate Cleansing Thrill’)

To discuss 10 Cloverfield Lane in too much detail would be to ruin the experience for those who haven’t seen it yet.

So I’m not going to go into specifics.cloverfield

Before I went, all I knew about it was that it involved Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman (along with The Newsroom’s John Gallagher Jr.) trapped in some sort of bunker and that as part of the Cloverfield brand – and incidentally if you haven’t seen the original Cloverfield, do so immediately – it’ll have some kind of monster element. But as the poster says, monsters come in many forms.

That’s all you should know about it before you go too.

And make no mistake, you should absolutely go to see 10 Cloverfield Lane because it’s brilliant.

With such a confined setting and including so few characters, this would have to be well directed, well played and well paced for it to work, and it is. In fact, it’s played over three acts and just at the point where you could possibly accuse things of slowing down, something game-changing happens to perk you back up again.

Everything that happens matters, there’s a genuine air of mystery about it and at times it’s downright thrilling. What also helps is the use of incidental music, the likes of which hasn’t really been used since The Shining (or for the Dr Who fans reading, The Web of Fear). It ramps up the tension and – as all good incidental music should – adds to the atmosphere.

And while I have no intention of spoiling the ending for you, I’ll simply say that I was most satisfied.

Having been so disappointed by Hail, Caesar! a couple of days ago, I’m delighted to have gone to see such a good movie so soon afterwards. It has certainly cleansed my cinema-going palate.

Put simply, this is a great movie and you’ll enjoy it, so get along to the cinema as soon as you can.


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