After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of kids making a film in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon as military make their presence known and people start to go missing in the 2011 summer blockbuster Super 8.
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, you have more than likely heard of Super 8 and have it on your movie radar. I like many had been waiting a long time for this film and found myself at the first showing on opening day. While I had a blast with this flick, it has its fault and is not the second coming of the monster sub-genre many hoped it would be. Nevertheless, what we are given is a very solid and ultimately family friendly sci-fi flick that is idea for introducing a new generation of movie lovers to the mystical and jaw dropping world of science fiction and horror.
The best way I can describe this film is Monster Squad meets The Goonies with a sci-fi alien twist, and although that may sound like the best thing since sliced bread, it falls short of unforgettable. Don’t get me wrong I think everyone should see this film and also believe it is a great flick I just don’t see it becoming a iconic film or developing a cult following.
My main issue with the film was it felt overly long, and some of the sub plots felt unneeded and uninspired if the film would of focused more on the kids and their journey creating their masterpiece film and less on the issues between various parents it would have been a more enjoyable film. The entire segments of story that revolves around the kids, their various problems, and growing pains were spectacular. This flick does a great job at returning you to the days of childhood when things were simpler in so many ways but seemed so much more difficult through the eyes of a child.
Special effects wise Super 8 is breath taking at times and great at getting your heart rate up, the only aspect of the effects that fell short with me was the alien itself. The illusive creature that you spend most of the film dying to get a good shot of was a big let down for me once we were face to face with it. Also I did not really like the whole E.T. vibe that was forcefully attempted by in the film, once again would of found it a much better film if it was just a group of kids trying to make a film in the midst of town scared of an unknown creature that at some point would have to be taken care of.
Overall I enjoyed Super 8 but I also recognize its faults and was able despite its faults to walk away pleased with the money I put down on see it on opening day. If you are a fan of films like The Goonies or even perhaps even Spaced Invaders the chances are you will walk away from Super 8 with a smile on your face, if you were expecting a more adult geared sci-fi adventure with a Goonies twist then you may be a bit let down but should still come away pleased with your purchase.
- Super 8: Spielberg Lite (blogs.suntimes.com)
- Top 8 Things in Life I Learned From Super 8 (fringefiction.wordpress.com)
- ‘Super 8’: Investigating ‘The Case’ Of The Credits (moviesblog.mtv.com)