Matt Reeves confirms once and for all what the Cloverfield monster deal was

Matt Reeves

Matt Reeves
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15 Years Later, Name Most Associated With The 2008 Kaiju Movie On Earth Cloverfield– And a little curious Mixture the gathering From the bogus sequels that have been picked up over the years – it’s very clear that producer JJ Abrams. After all, Abrams was already a big name when the movie released its surprisingly strong viral marketing push in the summer of 2007, having already scored big wins with Felicity And then especially LostWhile his longtime collaborator Matt Reeves, the film’s actual director, was still more than a decade away from becoming something close to a household name with films like Planet of the Apes Revival, especially last year Batman.

However, Reeves is the most consistently up for promotion Cloverfield Over the years, the flag has been waving for his unexpected early films as various film anniversaries have come and gone. Take, for example, New interview with CV .this weekin which he talks about the film’s breakneck production speed, and also finally, emphatically, emphasizing the film’s various insinuations (and its elaborate marketing tools) about the movie’s monster.

Addressing point one first: it turns out, yeah, Cloverfield It really was a quick, impromptu project as you might expect: Reeves reveals that Abrams assigned him to start shooting before writer Drew Goddard was close to finishing the script, as they embarked on an ambitious 12-week shooting schedule with a director who’d never worked on anything of this scale before:

I’d say to JJ, “Well, why don’t I wait for Drew to finish the script?” And he was like, “Well, you can’t.” And I said, “Why?” And he said, “Because we’re shooting in 12 weeks, and that’s exactly what happens.” And I said, “Oh my God!” I’ve never done a VFX movie, I’ve never done anything like this – a giant monster movie.

Reeves goes into details of filming some of the key scenes — including the part where Lizzy Caplan explodes, noting that they had very little footage to capture the gory aftermath. It also confirms, to what we hope will be everyone’s ultimate satisfaction, exactly what’s going on with the movie’s monster.

You have to know how to channel the beast, so to speak. So you have to understand what is going on with them emotionally. And for me, the biggest secret was that Beast was a kid and suffered from separation anxiety. The reason the monster was afraid was because they were having spells based on searching for their mother. and then, [the monster] He was just as scared as the main characters, because it seemed like there would be nothing more terrifying than the human element fighting this giant monster element, and in fact, both of them were just terrified. This is a mess. This is not good. So that part of it was something that we talked about quite in the development of the creature and in terms of how we would portray it.

It’s weird. In fact, at the end of the movie, you can see the moment when it comes [Earth]. It’s another one of those little Easter egg moments, but when we revisit that shot where they’re on the Ferris wheel at the end, you can see the meteor fly off and crash into the ocean. This is actually the beginning of the child’s existence on Earth.

Cloverfield turns 15 today. There’s a new 4K Ultra HD edition of the film out to commemorate the anniversary.

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