Super 8

Posted: June 11, 2011 by TME (thats my e) in Movies, Reviews
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By David Burrola

Genre: Adventure

U.S. Release: June 10, 2011

Run time: 125min

Director: J. J. Abrams

Cast: Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Elle Fanning

A middle school boy Joe and his friends are filming their own film at a train station at night and they witness a horrendous train crash. Soon after, mysterious happenings and disappearances in town occur. The U.S. Air Force is moving in with no real explanation to the scared locals. Joe and his friends begin to investigate.

Do you remember a time when we were in awe at movies and had a sense of wonderment at the things they could portray in them? Super 8 moves back to those nostalgic times for movie-goers of older generations.

With Steven Spielberg producing, the film has got this old school feel to it through and through, but still with J. J. Abrams signature trademarks to film making. This is a much smarter and more affectionately made movie than previous outings from Abrams (not to say his previous works weren’t as good); it’s just that you see how much care he had in this one when you watch it.

All the characters are very well realized and well-acted. Even though they do feel like those old school archetypes we’ve seen so long ago, they’re done well and it all feels right. Joe’s father is a really hard man to deal with; meanwhile Joe’s a very welcoming and easy going kid. They really clash but you see that both very much need each other and it makes watching what happens next more engaging. Likewise, Joe’s friends are all fun to listen to, and all their antics just click right. Alice is another highlight in that she plays her character so well; you’d think she wasn’t acting. The dynamic between her and her father, while in more brief moments told so much of a story we know so well.

The effects are used in the right places and the right ways. J. J. Abrams has really thought well about using those effects that made them reasonable unlike most movies of today that use excessive computer animated graphics just for show. This type of restraint makes for a much more enjoyable movie as most of its strength lies in the storyline. The effects essentially are just a tool to tell a very fantastic adventure story.

Overall, I think this movie’s definitely worth a full admission and go Imax if you want that big bang for all the moments that make movies fun.

Other movies I’d recommend: E.T., Cloverfield, LOST (TV SERIES)

 

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