Cloverfield Paradox

Netflix: Cloverfield Paradox Doesn’t Finish What It Started

I don’t really know what to make of Cloverfield Paradox. On one hand, it was a very visually appealing film. Then, you get to the story and script. That’s where you will find the problems. And in the end, you’ll be left with more questions than answers.

I’ve really enjoyed all the Cloverfield films. I thought 10 Cloverfield Lane was a perfect blend of sci-fi, thriller and a tad on the horror side. The original Cloverfield was one of the more original films that have come to release in the last 15 years. Yet, Paradox seems to fall flat. And while it’s a great popcorn flick, nothing really hits the target.

Let’s start with the script. Originally known as ‘The God Particle’ Paradox wasn’t originally a Cloverfield film at all. JJ Abrams decided to incorporate the elements of the Cloverfield universe into the film well after the original script and initial shooting had begun. It’s easy to tell, as there doesn’t seem to be much connecting the Clovers to the Paradox film.

There are the occasional scenes on Earth where the monsters from Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane have invaded, but not much else that connects the film to its predecessors. And even without the Cloverfield tie-in, we are left with a very confusing film that doesn’t really seem to find itself.

The use of alternate dimensions is usually a disaster waiting to happen with a sci-fi film. Unfortunately, Paradox isn’t an exception. There’s just too much going on in this film. And at the end, nothing really seems to make sense. A lot of plot holes stay at the film’s conclusion, ones that should have been answered at some point during the 1 hour 45 minutes picture.

On the plus side, the producers established quite the cast. With David Oyelowo, Daniel Bruhl, John Ortiz, Chris O’Dowd, Elizabeth Debicki, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, there was a style of actor for everyone. The highlights were Mbatha-Raw and Debicki, whose on-screen chemistry with each other and performance across the film really made it somewhat more appealing.

Netflix paid a lot of money for Cloverfield Paradox. And while it wasn’t a bad investment, the film itself wasn’t on par with the previous entries into the Cloverfield universe. It would have been nice to see more connections to the Cloverfield Universe. Also, a tad more thought into tying up loose ends.

In the end, don’t expect an Oscar-winning film. Yes, there was a lot of quality effects and visually appealing moments, but a lackluster script really hurt Cloverfield Paradox. Still, it’s definitely worth a watch. Nonetheless, one must prepare to not understand anything after its conclusion.

 

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