The Cloverfield Paradox: There is a lot of negativity surrounding this film currently. It isn’t great by any means, but it doesn’t deserve the amount of hate it is getting. Director Julius Onah’s chapter in the Clover-verse is great in concept. Unfortunately, the script is what takes this film down a couple notches. There are many space-thriller cliches to be found, and the twists could have been executed much better.
The cast may not have been given much to work with, but luckily they were able to pull out some solid performances. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, and Daniel Brühl were all strong as the film’s leads. Chris O’Dowd played the perfect comic relief. Then the rest of the supporting cast gave good performances as well.
Where the script was executed pretty poorly, the technical elements in “Paradox” were somewhere between decent and great. The cinematography wasn’t much to write home about, but the set design, costume design, and makeup were all near perfect. The visual effects were much stronger than most other effects heavy Netflix films. Lastly, Bear McCreary who previously composed the music for “10
Cloverfield Lane” returned to create a truly terrifying horror score.
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