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Super 8 Review

Ever since JJ Abrams’ Super 8 was first hinted at, it was said to be a tribute to the Spielberg films of the late 70s and early 80s. After Spielberg became involved as a producer on the movie, the end result is a summer blockbuster that most definitely evokes the classics that inspired it.

Set in Ohio in 1979, the movie follows a group of friends who are making a zombie movie with a Super 8 camera. One night while filming along some train tracks, a huge rail disaster takes place and the kid’s camera captures something escaping from one of the rail cars. Part Stand By Me and part E.T. with a dash of John Carpenter thrown in, Super 8 is an immensely satisfying summer blockbuster done in a way that fills you with nostalgia for a type of movie that is long gone.

Now JJ Abrams is no Spielberg, but he does a really admirable job trying to replicate the feel of the type of movies the bearded one made when he was young. Especially towards the end of the movie he really nails the tone, so much so that there are little moments scattered about that must have come from a suggestion from Spielberg. Anyone familiar with Spielberg’s movies and his way of thinking will recognize these. They don’t distract from the movie, just enhance it.

Abrams, like Spielberg before him, is famous for keeping things close to his chest to not spoil the movie in trailers and commercials. And with Super 8 that’s definitely an advantage to the movie as it works so well playing out that to have seen the best reveals in a commercial would lesson the effect. I’m not saying its disappointing in any way, as I look forward to seeing the movie many more times, but going into it unspoiled definitely makes your first viewing even more memorable.

Michael Giacchino, who actually has a cameo in the movie, does an admirable job recreating an 80s John Williams score. Only one queue in the entire score reminded me of a previous Giacchino score (Lost), and if you didn’t know better you would think that John Williams actually did the soundtrack; except for the fact that modern Williams scores sound a lot different than the ones from the 80s.

I won’t spoil the creature design for you, but in the end you do get a pretty good look at it after it is obscured for the majority of the movie. It being CG is really one of the very few things that reminds you that this movie was made now as opposed to thirty years ago. Eagle-eyed viewers will notice Slusho appearing in the movie, and if you pay attention to the final shot you’ll notice a pretty cool Lost reference.

Super 8 is the type of summer blockbuster we haven’t seen since Spielberg was a young director with a fresh mind. It combines all the things we loved about movies such as Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Stand By Me, and Goonies and presents it in a way that even people who didn’t grow up with those films can enjoy. It definitely lives up to the hype.

6 Comments
  • Brad
    June 10, 2011
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    #1

    i honestly thought that the movie was about a motel chain, the first time i heard about it

  • Mateoraneo
    June 11, 2011
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    #2

    Just saw the movie but didn’t catch the lost reference at the end. What are you referring to?

  • Gift Ideas For Boyfriend
    June 12, 2011
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    #3

    It has an 82% rating on rotten tomatoes, so getting good reviews. Still unsure if I really want to watch it yet or wait for the DVD.

  • Super8Sux
    June 24, 2011
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    #4

    DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU PLAN ON GOING TO SEE SUPER 8 !!!!!!!!!
    BUT, COME BACK AND READ IT AFTER YOU SEE THE MOVIE.

    I can’t believe that I just watched the same Super 8 that all the other people who wrote reviews about this movie watched. This was the worst movie that I have seen since Bobby Deerfield ! Abrams would have done better making a movie about a chain of motels.First, how the hell does the teacher survive a head on collision with a mega-ton , high speed train and come away with just some facial cuts ????? WTF. Then, can anybody explain to me why and/or how the deputy sheriffs wife died and why did the young girls Dad feel guilty about it? From here (about 7-8 minutes into the movie) , it got more absurd. The alien, referred to as HE, goes through the better part of the flick tossing cars, trucks , stoves , busses and whatever around like he’s flipping pancakes, but at the used car lot, he meticulously removes all the engines from all the cars without not even putting a scratch on any of the cars. Now, throughout the movie, HE, collects some humans and stores them upside down in his batcave or whatever you want to call it, for what reason?? Never explained! I just read a review where the reviewer had commented on the ” Teary-Eyed Ending”…….ARE YOU F*****G SH*****G ME ??????? I felt more sympathy for Momma Alien when Sigourney dispatched her permanently. And as far as the ENDING ending……PUHLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ. HE, either magnetically or telepathically sucks up cars, trucks, rifles , stoves and the like to form what is supposed to be his escape ship. But, some of the soldiers still had their rifles and amidst this sucking up of everything metallic in sight, the deputy sheriff pulls up in a Jeep that for some strange reason must have been sprinkled with some magic military dust, because it was not affected by this magnetic sucking upness. I don’t know, maybe I should have burned one before I watched this piece of utter trash. I left with the feeling that my intelligence was questioned. 100% disappointed.

    • John
      June 27, 2011
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      #5

      What an awful review, are you brain dead? The deputy’s wife dies in a steel plant accident. The girl’s father feels guilty because it was his shift to work and he was late or called out because he was hung over.

      The monster eats the people in the cave, they are snacks. They show that AND the girl says it.

      You make a few valid points I guess, but you aren’t allowing and imaginative creativity.

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