Posted on April 15, 2016
We were supposed to go see Dawn of Justice but a meeting ran too long and the only thing showing at the Drafthouse when we got loose was 10 Cloverfield Lane, a movie I knew nothing about.
Turns out, that was a blessing in disguise. Actually, several blessings in disguise.
Cloverfield Lane is a movie that rewards a fresh, spoiler-free viewing. It’s one of the rare movies these days with no predictable beats. Ever since Save The Cat came out, Hollywood movies have gone from predictable to templated stories less interesting than a PowerPoint presentation.
NOTE: Don’t bother buying the book. Executives have learned to check beats on certain pages to see if the screenplay is a Save the Cat turd. Piles of Save the Cat screenplays are currently being trucked out to Burning Man to be used as kindling.
The movie is perfectly cast and everyone does a tremendous job rendering their characters, especially John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, but the true gem here is a screenplay that becomes a different kind of movie every twenty minutes.
And that’s all I’m going to say about it because, as mentioned above, this is a movie for which you want no spoilers at all.