Those who have already watched The Batman (2022) would never doubt Matt Reeves’s skills as a director. The latest Dark Knight movie has received a lot of appreciation. Any movie’s success or failure largely depends on the skills of the director. Though Matt Reeves was an unexpected choice for directing the DC movie, he turned out to be a great one. Before The Batman, the director has only directed five movies for Hollywood. He is mostly known for the WB drama, Felicity. He became known as a movie director in 2008 with the film Cloverfield. Though his career as a movie director has been brief, he has managed to show his skills as a director are great. So, apart from the latest film by the director, here are his movies ranked.
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The franchise Planet of the Apes started with the Rupert Wyatt-directed movie – Rise of the Planet of Apes in 2011. The first film came to the audience a surprised the viewers. No one expected it to be so good. Then the Director, Matt Reeves took over and created this even better sequel. It took the franchise to another level. The movie was so well executed and a lot of new elements were added to the film. The movie is just not an amazing story, with the depth of characters and purpose. But also the acting, camera, and lighting of the movie are also remarkable. And we know it is the director’s job to keep an eye on all of that.
2. War of the Planet of the Apes
The third movie of the franchise Planet of the Apes was almost at par with the prequel. The movie encompasses emotions. The feeling of revenge that Caesar feels and it later advances to the revelation of his darker instincts. Some of these scenes of the discovery made by Caeser are so well captured that they are the best in the franchise. Matt Reeves, with the acting skills of Andy Serkis, created visuals of emotions so well, that this movie could be one of the best at that. The CGI effects in the movie are also so real that it is almost hard to guess where the director used them.
The movie that made Matt Reeves known as a movie director, Cloverfield is also a masterpiece by the director. The monster sci-fi movie that is set in New York, is the story of Hud, Lily, and Marlena, who form a group to rescue Beth. While the girl is trapped in her apartment amid the monster-attacked city. The movie develops a sense of fear and claustrophobia with the unique handheld camera movements. It uses compact shots to create a sense of panic, that the people in the movie feel, felt by the audience as well. None of the Cloverfield spin-offs came close to this one.
4. Let Me In
Matt Reeves remade the adaptation of the novel Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The first film was made by Tomas Alfredson. And it was titled one of the best horror movies of the 2000s. Matt Reeves was given the task to remake the masterpiece and he did a fair job. It is a coming-of-age story of Owen. He becomes friends with Abby without knowing that she was hiding something. Let Me In did justice to its source material but failed to do so to itself. The movie stuck so much to its source that it turned out to be the exact copy of the Let The Right One In. Certain shots are done exactly like it was in the Swedish movie.
5. The Pallbearer
Before becoming the popular show writer, Matt Reeves made a movie debut with The Pallbearer. The movie stars David Schwimmer and Gwenyth Paltrow. It is a rom-com. It tells the story of Tom who is given the job to be a pallbearer and deliver the eulogy of a High School student who passed away. He meets his childhood crush and romance sparks. Though the movie was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1996, it really isn’t as good as other works of the director. The chemistry between the two actors seemed forced.