Have to agree with Bill on this one. I geeked out and had to see it. Normally I hate going to the movies. I always feel like I've pretty much peed away my $8 and lost 2 hours. Not this time 'round, oh no.
Agreed that this HAS TO be seen on a big screen. Your TV's not going to do it justice. The whole point of this movie is to put you smack-dab in the middle of Hell, and it takes 20 feet of screen and an ass-kicking sound system to do it. When this thing gets going, it doesn't let up.
I loved that you don't get a big "here's the monster!" shot for the vasts majority of the movie. You get glimpses--glimpses like you'd get if you were in the middle of downtown Manhattan with smoke and dust and craziness all around you and this enormous thing is wending its way between buildings and you really, really don't feel like standing there trying to get a look. Especially not when jet fighters are slamming missles into it and it's a block and a half away.
I have to add, though, that digging into the viral marketing that was done around the movie fills out a lot of information that was not in the movie. There's no typical monster-movie moment where a scientist conveniently explains where this thing might have come from and how. This isn't a big lizard woken up by an atomic blast--but it IS awoken by something, and that something makes the very, very smallest of appearances very, very late in the movie, and unless you read the viral stuff--which I only did after the fact--it's not going to make an, ahem, splash with you.
I love that Abrams & Co. didn't go the easy-explanation route. Because if you were in this situation, you wouldn't know. You'd have nowhere to stop and get your convenient information from. You'd only get to know much later....if you survived.
See it, see it large, and try not to puke. Motion sickness is a definite threat. But damned if the flick isn't worth a little hurling. :-)