Elise Has Watched: The Cloverfield Paradox

ALERT NETFLIX DECIDED TO KILL US ALL BY JUST THROWING A NEW CLOVERFIELD MOVIE AT US OUT OF NOWHERE!

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Just a little personal background before I get into things, I haven’t actually ever seen the original Cloverfield… (I should get on that…) but I really love Ten Cloverfield Lane so of course I was going to check out The Cloverfield Paradox the moment it was released on Netflix! And here we are 😊

Spoiler Free

Let me begin by saying that The Cloverfield Paradox was an enjoyable enough movie, with some great moments, but was overall a bit messy. There were many things that I wished I could’ve seen more of, and other things I wished were done differently. My favorite parts were the feelings of suspense and dread that were present throughout many different scenes. The movie was at its best when it was bordering on horror with scenes such as anything to do with Russian Dude, and when they found Blonde Girl (ya know I was just using those as placeholders and put their names in later, but I remember so little of these characters besides these specific scenes that I’m just gonna refer to them as Russian Dude and Blonde Girl). Both of these scenes were heart pounding and I thought they were really well done. With that said, I felt some of the tension was lessened when a certain thing happened that could’ve been played more for horror but almost leaned closer to comedy. After this, I felt the horror elements lessen, or at least I didn’t find myself worrying as much about what was going to happen.

The Plot: This is a fairly standard SCIFI plot. The explanation to a common mystery throughout the movie isn’t anything that you haven’t seen before, and I guessed what was happening very early on. Is this standard plot a bad thing? No, because what really matters is what the movie does with the plot and its characters. What The Cloverfield Paradox does with its plot is serviceable, and nothing too out of the ordinary (until the ending when I’m not sure how much I believe certain things, but that’s for the spoiler section 😊)

Well, if the plot is serviceable, but nothing too special, what about the characters? Eh, the main character was good. The main character was the only one who really got a lot of character development and I felt like I knew her. Everyone else was there, but I couldn’t tell you anything about them. This just leads to apathy when these characters start dying. Obvious, I wouldn’t want to see any of these characters die, but it doesn’t leave the same impact as if these were actually well-developed characters that I knew who were in trouble.

Overall

Should you check out The Cloverfield Paradox? Eh. If you’re curious or liked the other Cloverfield movies, then yeah why not. But this is not something to create a Netflix account to see. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, and nothing worth going out of your way to see. If you find yourself curious on a lonely Friday night, then this isn’t the worst way to spend your time, but it’s not the best either.

The Spoilers

WOO!

Okie Dokie! So I mentioned above the reveal isn’t anything too special or mind-blowing (especially if you were paying attention at the beginning of the movie) and yeah I guessed the whole multidimension thing really early on. When it was revealed to be a multidimension issue, I was never surprised, it just confirmed what I suspected from the beginning. The somewhat interesting thing that comes from this multidimension reveal, is the question of if each movie takes place in their own dimension? Or maybe Ten Cloverfield Lane takes place in a particular dimension, while the other two take place in a different one? These are questions that might never really get answered, but I hope they do.

The other spoilery thing I wanted to talk about is my crumbling suspension of disbelief towards the end of the film. I just find it hard to believe that this ship could go through an EXPLOSION, and multiple air lock breaches, yet the particle accelerator still works perfectly fine? Umm, I’m not a scientist but I don’t really buy that.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Spoilers: Out of the Easy

WHAT BETTER WAY TO SPEND MARDI GRAS THAN READING A BOOK SET IN NEW ORLEANS?! (It kinda shows some of the not so great parts of New Orleans… But it’s still New Orleans! 😊)

It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny. -goodreads.com summary

INTRODUCTION

I don’t usually pick up historical fiction, but I went into this one with high expectations! I LOVED Salt to the Sea (also by Ruta Sepetys) and I enjoyed Between Shades of Gray. I know Ruta Sepetys does a great job at writing world war two stories set in eastern Europe… but how well does she write New Orleans? Pretty well! I am not actually from New Orleans specifically, but I grew up an hour from the city, so I’d say I can tell when someone is faking it. This story feels genuine. It doesn’t paint New Orleans as some perfect city where only amazing things happen. No, Sepetys shows you the lowest and dirtiest parts of the city— but she also shows how the city is full of some great people with passion and heart.

THE GOOD

The Characters! Sepetys has yet to fail at providing compelling and complex characters

Josie: She is SUCH a developed main character! She is not this one-dimensional cardboard cut-out that’s all perfect and never struggles. No! You see Josie struggling to attempt to achieve her seemingly impossible goals while trying not to fall into the lifestyle her mother leads. She has to ask herself how far she is willing to go to make it out of New Orleans. And if the only way out involves compromising everything you’ve always worked for, is it worth it?

Love Triangle: Jesse and Patrick are both actually fleshed out and well-written characters. When I felt the love triangle happening I got worried, but I can actually see both of them with Josie in a happy relationship.

Patrick: I fell in love with Patrick immediately! He and Josie are such good friends, he is adorable, AND he runs a bookstore… what’s not to love?! Of course, he does have his own demons and issues and seeing that explored was a great insight into his character.

Jesse: he took a bit longer to warm up to me, but by the end of the novel, I was a fan of him. I wish we could’ve spent a LITTLE more time with him… but I think he worked well enough for the story.

THE BAD

I don’t really have strong negatives for this novel, as much as I just didn’t connect with it as much as I did books such as Salt to the Sea. Nothing in Out of the Easy even brought me close to tears and that’s a shame when Salt to the Sea reduced me to such a puddle of tears. This is actually a much more hopeful read, despite it taking place in not the best of situations.

OVERALL

I’m so glad that I have now gone through reading all of Ruta Sepetys novels! I found one to stand out above the others, but they are all still great novels, and everyone should give them a shot. Even if you aren’t a big fan of historical fiction, pick this one up! It’s a great read and you won’t regret it!

THE SPOILERS

I’m gonna keep this spoiler section brief because other than a few moments where I contemplated throwing this novel out of a window, I don’t have much to say. The main spoilery topic I want to discuss is the ending of the novel, and how thing ended significantly happier than I expected. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s a very happy and hopeful ending, but I almost wish Josie would’ve had at least one more thing not work out in her favor (But idk I like sad books so maybe I just wanted this one to end a little sadder)(I’m a sad human being lol). It just would’ve been a type of cruel irony if Josie tried the entire novel to take control of her own future only for her attempts to fail leaving her stuck in New Orleans and maybe even becoming what she always vowed she’d never become and following in her mother’s footsteps. While this would give off a theme that I don’t really agree with (implying that we can never truly escape the circumstances of our birth in terms of social class) it would’ve created for a more interesting narrative. But also, I assume by the fact that Ruta Sepetys didn’t write a super depressing ending, she also disagrees with this idea, and wanting things to be a little more uplifting.

(Sorry this spoiler section was just kinda my rambling thoughts)

 

HAVE YOU READ OUT OF THE EASY? WHAT ABOUT RUTA SEPETYS’S OTHER BOOKS? (Salt to the Sea is amazing so go pick that up if you haven’t already 🙂 DO YOU READ HISTORICAL FICTION? WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL FICTION NOVELS?

Black Panther Review (And what I hope from the next movies)

GUESS WHO SAW BLACK PANTHER OPENING WEEKEND?! Woop Woop!

There has been SO MUCH hype around this movie! Everyone seems to have formed an opinion about the quality of it before it was even released! But there is only one way to really know if Black Panther is 100% worth the hype, and that is to see it. SO! Now that I’ve seen Black Panther, what are my thought? I think it’s an above average Marvel movie, which translates to a slightly above average movie overall.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Mini Review

Surprise friends! I actually finished another book!

For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m taking a Young Adult/Children’s Literature class this semester! I was really excited for it when I signed up last semester and so far it’s lived up to expectations! (Last class my teacher brought us donuts… it was AMAZING!) Our first read was a children’s novel that I actually (somehow) had never read until now! That book was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 😊

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How to Make An A Court Of Mist And Fury Movie (#JustSkipBookOne)

Because I’ve been doing a lot of reviews and discussions lately, I figured it was about time that I wrote another more fun post. So here we are discussing the question that has plagued humanity since 2016—how does one make A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, into a movie?

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