Okay, what on earth happened here? Seriously, this film is such a chaotic mess I’m still reeling from watching it. Unlike the previous two ‘Cloverfield’ instalments that were full of shocks and mystery, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is full of lame clichés and baffling plot points. It’s almost as if they wanted to add as many questions in as possible to add to the mystery these films love to cause. Instead, we get a crew making some ridiculous choices and a wider link to the other films that, while some fans will appreciate it, seems to just be there for the sake of it.
Unlike the previous two ‘Cloverfield’ instalments that were full of shocks and mystery, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is full of lame clichés and baffling plot points.
As soon as the mission begins, you can quickly work out what is happening and why but, confusingly, there are still moments that leave you questioning everything. This doesn’t add a layer of mystery to the film like it intends to, it just causes audible sighs and you to go, “Huh? I’m sorry, WHAT?!” over and over again. Now, I’m well aware the whole point of these films are to try and go in knowing as little as possible and that’s why I’m going to discuss a few spoilers underneath to explain what causes these reactions. Just click the link if you wish to see, if not, carry on reading for no spoilers.
What also dampens the mood is the shoddy writing. There are some lines so bad you wonder how they made it in at all. It’s a real shame as the cast are all rather great and do the best with what they’ve got. To be fair, they’re about the only thing that kept me somewhat invested in the film. Poor subplots and non-existent character development aside, the entire cast are super, especially Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Hamilton. It would also feel harsh to not give a shout out to the entire visual effects team, who bring the station to life and make everything look incredible, which makes it an even bigger shame it was limited to a small screen. However, it did mean I was only disappointed by the film and not by the fact I also had to get back home in the snow.
I mentioned earlier that ‘Game Night’ was the first big surprise of 2018, so it seems fitting that so soon after I can say ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ gets the dishonour of being the first big disappointment of 2018. A real letdown in an otherwise superb series. Hopefully ‘Overlord’ will get the series back on track.