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Battle between the found footage movies! I must admit that this is pretty tough for me. Chronicle'works great as a character study and as a phylosophical movie. However, I do think it's pretty predictable at times (you just knew something would happen to the dad eventually) and it feels kinda rushed in the last third of the movie. Cloverfield'is an effective and pretty scary monster movie, although it's pretty forgettable. I guess Cloverfield has less flaws, so Cloverfield it is (for now).
Chronicle is the standard of found-footage film which Cloverfield tried to be and failed IMO. Cloverfield is alright/mediocre, but Chronicle is outstanding.
Of the modern films that used it, Chronicle got the whole 'found-footage' thing right. It was interesting seeing the three main leads using their powers to keep the camera balanced and/or get impossible shots of them flying through the skies or falling through the skies. Speaking of the three main leads, they were each individually great and real. I also liked that Chronicle started off with all happy feels and then proceeded into completely dark territory. Damn good stuff. After I saw it at my local theater, I stood outside hoping that I would start to fly up in the air; I had no success. Cloverfield was cool and I guess decent, but it really can't match itself up to Chronicle.
on Mar 24
Handy-Cam bullshit. Cloverfield should win this for having a less needy, whiny-baby-loserific protagonist, but Chronicle's still got some quasi-superhero content. The cameraman character in Cloverfield (Hud) wasn't as irritating as the douche in Chronicle, but his lame dumbassery was still quite testing. All that being said, both films are watchable to OK, but found footage generally does suck.
I'll go Cloverfield, but I enjoyed both....