Last night I put up a post listing my 20 most anticipated films of 2008, and some people wondering if I just forgot to put Cloverfield on that list. The short answer is no… I didn’t forget. It’s just not a movie I’m really anticipating at all.
NOW DON’T GET ME WRONG!!! I’M NOT SAYING THE MOVIE WILL BE BAD! Not at all. As a matter of fact it may end up being really great. However, there are a couple of reasons why I’m not really pumped about it before seeing it.
1) There’s nothing be be excited about.
The trailers have shown us nothing. Now, that might be a GOOD thing, and add to the experience in the theater when we see the monsters on the screen for the first time, and really get an idea of what the film is about for the first when we’re actually in the theaters. However, for now, I’ve got nothing to be pumped about. All I know is that there’s a big monster. That’s cool and all… but that alone isn’t enough to get me excited. I haven’t seen the monster. I don’t know what the movie is even about really… so why would I be pumped?
2) No Critic Reviews
I understand the rationale for this may go back to wanting to keep everything secret for the audience and increase the experience for those seeing it in the theaters for the first time… but history has shown that when a studio doesn’t let critics see a film in advance (by more than 2 or 3 days) it’s usually NOT a good sign. On top of that, without any positive word of mouth about the film, it’s hard to build my anticipation much for it. Turn your nose up at this reason all you want, but I think it’s a legitimate one.
3) It’s NOT JJ Abrams
It’s amazing how many people think JJ Abrams is directing this movie. He’s not. He didn’t even write it. The movie is being directed by Matt Reeves, and his only directing credits include the horrible “The Pallbearer” and a few episodes of Felicity (and a couple of single episodes of some other shows). Put people get pumped because it’s JJ Abrams! NO IT’S NOT! It’s being directed by a guy who only directed crap before. That’s not to say Cloverfield won’t be good… but why should my anticipation be high for a movie being directed by Matt Reeves???
So to recap. We’ve got a movie being directed by a guy who’s only other movies have been crap, with no advanced critic reviews and trailers that don’t actually show or tell us anything. Tell me again why I should be excited???
Like I said, this movie could RULE! And I hope it does. All I’m saying is at this point, there isn’t any good reason why I should be excited about it. How about you? Are you pumped for it? If so, I’m curious about why. Share thoughts in the comments section.