First of all I'd like to say that both The Sidekick and I, after seeing Cloverfield, stated that we were going to blog about it. I was even magnanimous enough to say that if he wrote about it first, I wouldn't.
Well, guess who hasn't updated.
That being said.....
I really enjoyed this movie.
The best way to sum it up? If Godzilla fucked the Blair Witch, the resulting spawn would be Cloverfield.
The pacing and feel of the story were great - I was so caught up at times that I had to consciously tell myself to relax. It wasn't anything scary or frightening about it - the movie just sweeps you up and speeds off. There are very little down points - something is always happening.
I heard that some people didn't like the shaky-cam effect - they found it nauseating. It didn't bother me in the least. Must be all those hours watching shaky camera stuff on YouTube. Either that or the hours and hours of homemade Epileptic Porn that I have. Whatever - the effects didn't bug me.
As for the ending? There were people behind us who didn't like it. I didn't think it was that they hated the ending - I think they didn't understand it. For me, I thought it was done really well, and fit perfectly with the tone of the movie.
I would even consider seeing it again - and I don't say that about movies very often.
Now where's my Handycam?