If Chronicle is any inclination that the movie slump of January is over, then I’d say we are headed in the right direction. This movie wasn’t perfect, but had enough great elements to make it a worthwhile film.
To me the best part about this movie was the way it was filmed, which made for some pretty awesome shots. It’s filmed like a documentary, as the character Andrew never goes anywhere without his camera. There are also great film shots from the camera of the character Casey who carries her camera for her blog. Andrew however finds security with his camera, and as a result we are able to get a close view of who he is and what his life is like. Wow does this kid take a beating.
Once the 3 main characters Andrew, Steve, and Matt get their superhuman abilities we have fun watching them explore and fully develop their powers. I thought the director did a great job capturing this exploration as wise-cracking, teenage pranksters. It really felt as if you were watching a teenager’s own documented film of him and his friends. You will find yourself loving each character, and engrossed in Andrew’s own personal life. The only part that lacked for me was the ending. The action sequences at the end, though fun to watch, seemed to lack real reason and substance. I haven’t seen a movie with an ending that felt complete in a while, and this is another one. But no worries, other than that this movie was pretty fun to watch…B+