Owen’s Muse – ‘Cloverfield’, the film


Owen Law - Writer

I’ve been busy earlier today doing a bit of re-jigging on the website here. Hopefully, there’s a bit more order and coherence to the header bar so its easier to find what Dragon Line (and I’m!) about. I’ve also put a new mugshot of myself on as well – not the prettiest, I admit, but it does make it a little more personable!!

Anyway, what is the point of my latest musing? Well, I was watching the film ‘Cloverfield‘ last night and, in all honesty, I wish I’d been to see it at the cinema when it first came out. Its certainly in my genre, although its supposed to be a ‘monster movie’. (Sorry if this seems a little off message, but I’m into sci-fi as well  and is well worth a feature.)

Cloverfield did get some poor reviews when it came out, especially re the lack of character development. Frankly, I thought this was a little unfair, given that the whole concept was supposed to be that the story was being told from the point of view of camcorder footage. Seeing as the action is fast-moving and intense from the time it changes from a ‘Sex in the City’/’Friends’-type script to sci-fi disaster movie, it’s a little difficult to build up these relationships with any great depth for that reason. I’m not saying (as a writer, of course) that character development is not important. But what I liked about this film was the realism woven into the fantasy scenario by the use of camera footage to create a sort of ‘Godzilla’ meets ‘Blair Witch Project’. For me it worked well. Not only that, it gave me nightmares (for me, always the sign of a story which impacts well!)

I’d recommend it – and its only £3.91p on Amazon as well (one to add to the collection.)

Until the next time…

Owen

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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