What makes ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ a must-see.

Potential spoiler alert.

For those of you that are die-hard ‘Cloverfield’ fans and are expecting a huge monster to tear up the city, unleashing havoc and destroying anything that stands in its way…. I won’t say you’ll be disappointed but….

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ and whether it is deserving of adopting the ‘Cloverfield’ franchise name. Personally I think it doesn’t, it’s an extremely distant relative of ‘Cloverfield’ if anything; it’s like that one person who always shows up to the family meet-ups and yet you have no clue who they are or how they’re even related and yet you still call them “uncle”.

So sure, it’s not deserving of the ‘Cloverfield’ title, but that’s not because it’s worse than ‘Cloverfield’, it’s just because it’s different, and for me, that is 100% a good thing. Doesn’t matter what you call it, for me, it’s still one of the most amazing films.

10 Cloverfield Lane’ is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s almost impossible to believe that it is Dan Trachtenberg’s first film. There are so many things about the film that I love and make me want to watch it over and over again.

Firstly, there’s the music. The soundtrack was perfectly seamless, integrating within the scenes so well that it almost went unnoticed…almost. Now you could argue that soundtracks are there for a reason, that they are meant to be heard, but for this film, the OST is used as a tool to enable tension to occur within the scenes and to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with the ambient, constantly intensify momentum of the soundtrack. And keeping the audience on their edge of their seats is a job they did unbelievably well. The tension within the film is almost unbearable and yet it constantly draws you in, throwing riddles to the audience and forcing you to attempt to figure them out yourself before praying that the main character (Michelle) figures them out too, before it’s too late.

The acting was unforgettable. Michelle (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) displayed just about every emotion at one point or another with intense execution; all of these emotions were conveyed with the use of her facial expressions due to her relatively small amount of dialogue — now that, is incredible acting. It was a beautiful performance that I could watch over and over again. Then there’s Howard (played by John Goodman) who’s performance is exceptional. His presence is powerful, constantly creating ambiguity and swinging the audience between who to trust; Howard or Michelle? Howard or Michelle? Howard or Michelle! We’re constantly thrown back and forth between the characters and who to trust and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The way the actors bonded was evident on screen as relationships formed and were shattered and all the pain was real and could really be felt

The marketing for the film was amazing. Similar to the ‘Star Wars 7’ trailers, they revealed barely anything about the film and yet made it look so damn good! There are so many things about ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ that I love, including the fact that it contains one of my favourite scenes in film (I wrote an article about what scene and why, you can read it here). The ending has been relatively controversial, some saying they don’t like it and others saying it completes the film. For me, I thought it was good at best but after seeing the film for a second time I appreciate the ending much more; even if you don’t like it, the rest of the film is so immensely amazing that it makes up for it anyway!

So if you haven’t seen ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’, get yourself down to the cinema to see it on the big screen before it’s too late!

Deen Hussein.