The evening started out lovely enough. We drove down to Worcester and dined at a VERY GOOD Italian restaurant. "Via" is wonderful and we both highly recommend it! Wifey had the "Spit-Roasted Beef Tenderloin Florentine" and I had the "Scaloppine of Veal". We also shared an order of the Wild-Mushroom Risotto , which alone is worth the 25 mile trip from Leominster!
The drinks were good, the company was excellent.
Our conversation then turned to which film we would go to see after dinner. I had the fore thought to print out the evening schedule at the local cineplex. So we went over the list and immediately discarded anything animated or teen-angsty. Long story short, we narrowed the list to "Atonement" and "Cloverfield". We both would have been happy with either. But as it turns out the start time of "Atonement" would not have allowed for us to go to grocery store to stock up on bottled water and snacks ! So "Cloverfield" it was.
The requisite trip to purchase 'goodies' accomplished, so off to the cineplex. We purchased our tickets found good seats and settled in. Now when it comes to movies generally I am not hard to please. The reason I why I go to the movies is for one or more of the following:
I can say to you now without fear of reprisal that "Cloverfield" accomplished NONE of those criteria! I will now endeavor to elaborate upon this judgment. The cast did a superb job with the material in question and are to be commended. The special effects were excellent. The creation of tension and suspense were masterful. The problem is the movie went NO WHERE! Nothing is affirmed! Nothing is gained! Nothing is learned! (Other than how to bilk $20 out of unsuspecting couples!)
-to be entertained
-to be amused
-to be enlightened
-to have my consciousness raised
Think of this movie as a theme park roller coaster ride. You get on, strap in and wait for the ride to commence. And does it ever! You approach that first giant hill and you climb, the build up is excruciating, you wonder what that drop is gonna be like! Over the top and down you go! Twists and turns and jerks and periods of weightlessness. Before you know it the ride slows and you are back exactly where you started except now your heart is pounding your stomach is fluttering and the reasonable being inside you in wondering why the hell you put yourself through such a pointless exercise!
That is precisely my point. This movie though well made and acted, such as it is, is nothing more than a thrill ride for people who like such adrenaline inducing thrills. I like a good roller coaster as much as the next person. But, that's not why I go to the movies. Call me a 'chick flick' lover but we should have gone to see "Atonement". I wouldn't feel as violated as I do now.
 Sue me, I ain't spending $10 for a bottle of water and some Twizzlers!
 By this I mean, I really don't care if you agree or not. ;-)
 If you are suseptable to camera-induced motion sickness as I am I highly suggest you avoid this film.