The Cloverfield Paradox Is Trash, But We Love It Anyway

The Cloverfield Paradox Is Trash, But We Love It Anyway

On Super Bowl day, I wasn’t all that interested in the outcome of the football game. I was excited for something else – the rumour that a new Cloverfield movie was going to drop that same day. 10 Cloverfield Lane was fantastic, I thought, so maybe this will be too. I’m totally going to stay up and watch this! An hour later, I realised I had been tricked in by J.J. Abrams’ latest marketing gimmick.

The Cloverfield Paradox is not good. By now, most people have heard the movie is mediocre. But you know what? I still really liked watching it. In the latest podcast episode of Fave This, Gita Jackson and I dive into the Cloverfield universe and its ongoing alternate reality game that encourages viewers to figure out the wider untold story hiding in the margins. We also talk about J.J. Abrams’ inability to follow through on good ideas, and how Netflix has become a dumping ground for shows and movies that aren’t good but still manage to keep you watching anyway.

We talk about the plot of all three Cloverfield movies. The Cloverfield discussion in particular starts at the beginning of the podcast. So:

The Cloverfield Paradox Is Trash, But We Love It Anyway

Download the MP3 here.

Around the 47:25 mark, we discuss the recent Shadow of the Colossus remake and the anxiety that some of the magic has been lost in an attempt to update and modernise the game. We also discuss when games inspire us to take up a hobby or interest in real life.

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  • I like that these kinds of trashy movies are on Netflix. Reminds me of going to the Video Store on a Friday night, picking up a movie based on the covet and blurb, and just watching it.

  • I disagree that it’s trash. The acting, vfx/cgi and cinematography are all well done. The only thing that let it down was the story which wasn’t even bad, it’s only downside was that 1/4th of it was messy, but forgivable if you suspend your belief, so all in all I’d at least give it a 7-7.5. It was definitely entertaining.

    We’ve gotta stop labelling things trash without actually saying why it was trash. If we’re gonna have an opinion about subjects we need to actually have an educated opinion on it.

  • Come on folks. Sure it was “aggressively mediocre”, but it wasn’t trash. Battlefield Earth, Ghosts of Mars, anything by Ewe Bolls, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus, all of the Dungeons and Dragons movies, the Alien vs Predator movies, The Mummy (Tom Cruise version) …. they are trash. The Cloverfield Paradox was just plain average. I even rank it higher that The Last Jedi.

  • i like how they forget about the arm, like it wright something down, then never come back to it?

  • Was a fine, average, ok, not bad, Euro style movie. It did seem disjointed and the Cloverfield references forced in and other bits were left dangling.
    Worth a watch though.

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