With 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman Has Given Us Our First Oscar-Worthy Performance of the Year

Friday, 11 March 2016 - 9:48AM
10 Cloverfield Lane
Friday, 11 March 2016 - 9:48AM
From the suspenseful nail-biter of a story, to the brilliant viral marketing campaign, 10 Cloverfield Lane has delivered entertainment on so many levels since the project was revealed. But with the film's release today, it seems necessary to call out one element of Dan Trachtenberg's movie for particular praise. 

Minor spoilers for 10 Cloverfield Lane follow

John Goodman, a man who has given us so many iconic roles throughout his career may have just given us his best ever performance, hauling himself into a too-early Oscar contender discussion in the process. If 10 Cloverfield Lane's aim was to keep us in suspense, John Goodman's performance is one of the main reasons it succeeds. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Gallagher also played their part, but in the doomsday prepper Howard, John Goodman has given us a classic Hollywood monster for the ages.

10 Cloverfield Lane is far from your typical Oscar-bait, but with the likes of The Martian and Mad Max: Fury Road getting serious recognition last month, genre movies could well be on the up with the Academy. Of course, other than the film's franchise-creating name and its ending, 10 Cloverfield Lane plays out more like Room than it does The Martian, but as we saw with Ex Machina, suspense and smart writing doesn't always get a Sci-Fi film the recognition it deserves.

Goodman's performance, though, is one that ticks all the boxes you would require of a suspenseful thriller. He terrifies you, he has you questioning things throughout the film, and heck, he even makes you laugh. Much of this can be put down to the writing, but Goodman's performance has a lasting effect on the viewer, even when the plot moves on. 

Despite the many warnings of JJ Abrams stating that 10 Cloverfield Lane is merely a blood relative to its namesake, there will be a large number of moviegoers heading to theaters expecting a terrifying monster. While a science fiction monster twist is provided, it's the man in the bunker that provides all the scares, and for that Goodman deserves all the praise. 

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