Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Review: Super 8

Super 8
Jun. 1, 2011by:
9 10

PLOT: In a small Ohio town during the summer of 1979, a group of tweenagers have aspirations of making movies. Their latest zombie opus is in the middle of production until a fateful night when they witness a terrifying train wreck. To make matters worse, something big enough to escape from a locked train cart finds its way into the darkness bringing terror to this small town. The youngsters must face the beast and each other in what is sure to be a summer vacation they will never forget.

REVIEW: Springing from the minds of writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg, Super 8 presents a thrillingly imaginative, terrifying and visually stunning spectacle. Here we are returned to the year 1979 where a group of adolescence is coming of age in a small Ohio town. While that may not sound all that exciting, just imagine JAWS meets E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL or STAND BY ME meets JURASSIC PARK. Or you could even compare it on some level to Stephen Kings IT. While it may have moments that remind you of these earlier features, the truth is that Super 8 still feels original and it is sure to have audiences on the edge of their seats upon its release.

In this richly inspired period piece, the film revolves around tweens Joe Lamb (Joe Courtney) who is helping his best friend Charles (Riley Griffiths) make a low-budget zombie flick. With Charles and Joe, these two young men have recruited a number of other school mates for various production jobs on the set. The other students include Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basso and Elle Fanning as fellow horror buffs hoping to make a scary movie. Frankly, the fact that I am writing for JoBlo.com and you are reading it will mostly work in your favor for this cinema loving feature. Honestly, if they had just made a coming of age film about these kids, I would've been hooked.

When the baby faced film lovers go to shoot a scene at a train station, they get a sequence they couldve never planned. After a pick-up truck drives headlights first into a train, it causes a massive head-on collision that is truly one of the most visually stunning images Ive seen on film. And in many ways, this devastation is the end, at least when it comes to their innocence. When they realize something pretty dangerous escaped from the confines of the twisted train derailing, something has grown inside them, a kind of fear that they had never known before. As far as the plot goes, I wouldnt want to give much more than that away.

Super 8 is an extraordinary movie that somehow brings in the sheer excitement that POLTERGEIST (another Spielberg production) brought, along with a sense of wonderment and innocence from an always changing world. There is a clear sense of Spielbergs style here, yet Abrams is not simply relying on nostalgia and homage, this is a wonderfully familiar tale with a fresh look. Especially exciting are the varied scares that are spread throughout. Abrams smartly avoids giving away too much of the monster too soon, but dont worry, youll get your fill and it is nothing like CLOVERFIELD. The sequence in the gas station once again, it is familiar yet gripping is incredibly well shot especially how they hide the beast from audience view. Much like Jaws, where we were only given glimpses of the shark, Super 8 ratchets up the tension by keeping us in the dark until the end.

It is refreshing to see this cast ensemble explored as deeply as they are here. Each one of the players has a story and nearly every single one is significant. However, the one complaint is how little history is given to the monster. The script at times feels like a mix between the two films that Super 8 was originally supposed to be, a coming of age saga and a monster flick. Yet with a handful of subtle references to the beast, it is pretty clear what the monster wants, but there was surely more of a story to tell. The one thing that you can gather about this movie creature is that it is plenty pissed off. So you could easily question some of the how and why, especially towards the climax. And with all those questions, some of the logic behind the script and this particular sub-plot doesn't make sense. However, a giant monster flinging people to their demise as it shakes the earth beneath its crushing weight is already a bit far fetched, it sure is scary though.

Super 8 is a thrilling return to movie magic of old, filled with wonder, horror and chills. With a majestic score courtesy of Michael Giacchino and an unmistakably sincere look at the love of film, there is a compelling sort of thrill in experiencing it with the young and impressionable characters featured. In this modern day monster flick, there is quite a bit of nostalgia that brings back memories of when Amblin (Spielbergs production company) was new. With a few script issues involving the monster and his dealings and a definite need for suspension of disbelief, Super 8 is a fun-filled tribute to creature features, mayhem and finding your way in the world.

Source: JoBlo.com

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

8:26PM on 06/10/2011

i had no expectations

purposely avoided everything to do with it, and i LOVED it. great movie!
purposely avoided everything to do with it, and i LOVED it. great movie!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:13AM on 06/03/2011

On the fence

Been hearing a lot of good reviews for Super 8, but I maybe I expected more of a monster flick rather than a "coming of age" flick. That's the vibe I get from the reviews i've been reading. But I guess you still can't go wrong with a good movie in any sense.
Been hearing a lot of good reviews for Super 8, but I maybe I expected more of a monster flick rather than a "coming of age" flick. That's the vibe I get from the reviews i've been reading. But I guess you still can't go wrong with a good movie in any sense.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:53PM on 06/01/2011
I said I was excited to see this movie and I got negative thumbs down on my comment hahahaha. Some people really do have shit for brains.
I said I was excited to see this movie and I got negative thumbs down on my comment hahahaha. Some people really do have shit for brains.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:23PM on 06/01/2011

Really liked the film...

While it didn't really live up to my expectations, my expectations were through the roof and based totally on my connection to the Spielberg films of my youth.

Still, it was a great entry to the coming-of-age and sci-fi genres and you could feel the love Abrams has for early Spielberg - and that alone was worth the price of admission. And those kids were fantastic.

My biggest issue with the film? For me, too much CG.

But I still loved it.
While it didn't really live up to my expectations, my expectations were through the roof and based totally on my connection to the Spielberg films of my youth.

Still, it was a great entry to the coming-of-age and sci-fi genres and you could feel the love Abrams has for early Spielberg - and that alone was worth the price of admission. And those kids were fantastic.

My biggest issue with the film? For me, too much CG.

But I still loved it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:30PM on 06/01/2011
Excellent review!!! Seeing this on opening day and I'm psyched.
Excellent review!!! Seeing this on opening day and I'm psyched.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+2
8:08PM on 06/01/2011
I am so glad to hear that this is such a good movie. This was the one movie I was really looking forward to this year. The fact that it is as good as I had hoped makes me very excited. So far, this summer is shaping up to be a really great season for film. I just hope that the rest of the summer shapes up to be just as good.
I am so glad to hear that this is such a good movie. This was the one movie I was really looking forward to this year. The fact that it is as good as I had hoped makes me very excited. So far, this summer is shaping up to be a really great season for film. I just hope that the rest of the summer shapes up to be just as good.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
7:27PM on 06/01/2011
this is the movie i'm really excited about. yes, i really wanna see captain america and harry potter and all that, but this one definitely has me really itching to see it.
this is the movie i'm really excited about. yes, i really wanna see captain america and harry potter and all that, but this one definitely has me really itching to see it.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:23PM on 06/01/2011
Really good reviews on 2 movies that I pumped about in one day! I must be dreaming!
Really good reviews on 2 movies that I pumped about in one day! I must be dreaming!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:11PM on 06/01/2011
I'm such a huge Kyle Chandler fan, and I haven't heard much of him or his performance in the reviews posted. I hope he's not that minor of a character. Clear eyes, full hearts...
I'm such a huge Kyle Chandler fan, and I haven't heard much of him or his performance in the reviews posted. I hope he's not that minor of a character. Clear eyes, full hearts...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:24PM on 06/01/2011
Great review. im am definitely looking forward to this movie.
Great review. im am definitely looking forward to this movie.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:17PM on 06/01/2011
great review & im looking forward to this movie, the marketing was genius & it looks like Abrams is slowly becoming this generations Speilberg. I do feel a little old though when i see the words period piece in a movie that takes place in the lates 70s, as thats when i was born.
great review & im looking forward to this movie, the marketing was genius & it looks like Abrams is slowly becoming this generations Speilberg. I do feel a little old though when i see the words period piece in a movie that takes place in the lates 70s, as thats when i was born.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
4:00PM on 06/01/2011
I also am avoiding everything and covering my eyes when anything comes on. I'm super pumped for this movie!
I also am avoiding everything and covering my eyes when anything comes on. I'm super pumped for this movie!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:37PM on 06/01/2011
I'm avoiding commercials, reviews longer than blurbs, and all else. To 'get in the mood' I intend to watch The Goonies, Close Encounters, Jaws, and Matinee.
I'm avoiding commercials, reviews longer than blurbs, and all else. To 'get in the mood' I intend to watch The Goonies, Close Encounters, Jaws, and Matinee.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:14PM on 06/01/2011
Can't wait! I'm glad they went the Jaws route. Spielberg and Abrams should team up for a new Jurassic Park. I just want a new dinosaur fix yet.
Can't wait! I'm glad they went the Jaws route. Spielberg and Abrams should team up for a new Jurassic Park. I just want a new dinosaur fix yet.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+6
1:03PM on 06/01/2011
I'm pissed off! As this gets closer to theaters, they keep making new trailers that have HUGE spoilers in them. Why couldn't they just stick to the original? Didn't give anything away, and left you wanting to know more.
I'm pissed off! As this gets closer to theaters, they keep making new trailers that have HUGE spoilers in them. Why couldn't they just stick to the original? Didn't give anything away, and left you wanting to know more.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:41AM on 06/01/2011
I'm avoiding everything until release day.
I'm avoiding everything until release day.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:02AM on 06/01/2011

Wonderful

I will be waiting in line to see this. By the way.. Lost In Space, a lot of kids in 1979 were skinny because we had to play outside. HAHA
But, yeah, I guess it was hard to that in 2011.
I will be waiting in line to see this. By the way.. Lost In Space, a lot of kids in 1979 were skinny because we had to play outside. HAHA
But, yeah, I guess it was hard to that in 2011.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:39AM on 06/01/2011
great review
great review
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:33AM on 06/01/2011
I'd like to know how they found 5 skinny kids in America...
I'd like to know how they found 5 skinny kids in America...
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:50AM on 06/01/2011
[link]

Boom.
[link]

Boom.
11:48AM on 06/01/2011
Sorry Psygote - all that link proves is that now they'll also have a hard time finding 5 skinny kids to remake the film abroad.

That's why I make my boy run laps. Ain't no fatties growing up in my house.
Sorry Psygote - all that link proves is that now they'll also have a hard time finding 5 skinny kids to remake the film abroad.

That's why I make my boy run laps. Ain't no fatties growing up in my house.
10:30AM on 06/01/2011
Cannot wait to see this!!! I think/hope most of the movie-going public have been anticipating a movie like this. Very Frustrated that it does not get released here in France until August! I am very curious as to what the opening weekend will be; regardless...I bet this movie will have some of the longest "legs" of the summer after reading this review.
Cannot wait to see this!!! I think/hope most of the movie-going public have been anticipating a movie like this. Very Frustrated that it does not get released here in France until August! I am very curious as to what the opening weekend will be; regardless...I bet this movie will have some of the longest "legs" of the summer after reading this review.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+15
9:35AM on 06/01/2011

Sweet

A great review for X-men and now this? I'm getting excited!
A great review for X-men and now this? I'm getting excited!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+5
9:20AM on 06/01/2011
I'm incredibly optimistic about this summer. There should be a lot of great genre stuff to check out. Hopefully Cowboys and Aliens gets great reviews, too.
I'm incredibly optimistic about this summer. There should be a lot of great genre stuff to check out. Hopefully Cowboys and Aliens gets great reviews, too.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:08AM on 06/01/2011
The more and more Im reading about this its also giving off a Stand By Me vibe to it. Sounds like it might be an emotional roller-coaster. Great review and cant wait to see this.
The more and more Im reading about this its also giving off a Stand By Me vibe to it. Sounds like it might be an emotional roller-coaster. Great review and cant wait to see this.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+12
8:06AM on 06/01/2011

See, Harry Knowles...

This is how you write a review. Nobody cares about your fucking best friend.

Also, the movie looks great.
This is how you write a review. Nobody cares about your fucking best friend.

Also, the movie looks great.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:51AM on 06/01/2011
What are you doing even going over there?
What are you doing even going over there?
7:39AM on 06/01/2011
Remember Jimmy, this is the age of multi-media.

If you want back story on the alien, read the companion comic.
Remember Jimmy, this is the age of multi-media.

If you want back story on the alien, read the companion comic.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...
JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!