Super 8 is Super Great!

Haha! I couldn't resist the cheesy title. But I'm seriously in love with this movie. And I know I need to blog first about Midnight in Paris which I saw last week and my trip to Hollywood last weekend...but I can't help it. All I want to talk about right now is Super 8. I love movies that can get by with showing as little as they can through advertising. When I walked into the film all I really knew about it was that there was a Super 8 camera involved (which I want to run to the DI and pick one up ASAP and start making my own old school amateur films hehe), some kids and probably some sci-fi. Like Inception, the less you knew about what was actually going on and the fewer expectations you had (though I had pretty high for both..), the better you would enjoy the film.

I saw the movie with my Dad, one of my favorite movie companions for his bizarrely hilarious commentary. As soon as the movie started he said, "What is this? Another Sandlot or something?" He was also distraught because he saw so many teenagers in our theater, which he sees as a bad omen. Interesting he mentioned Sandlot because this was a film that had similar childlike wonder. In fact, one of the best ways to describe this film is by comparing (and combining it with others.)

A dash of Goonies here, a bit of E.T. there, add a little bit of Jurassic Park...oh and also Signs and don't forget the Cloverfield. For all that though, surprisingly it doesn't feel derivative, nor is it in the least predictable (except for I suppose the very end.) It's definitely its own film...just full of homages to other great films, and watching it unfold (not just the action, but the story behind the characters) is a joy. Seriously. I was on the edge of my seat and I really didn't know what to expect at each turn. No scene is wasted, and the dialogue is also very strong. All in all, great storytelling and one of my favorites this year.

For the most part, I really liked the cast. However, you definitely could look and see that not all of the child actors were created equal...and maybe that was more a problem with the script...they weren't all as fleshed out and lovable as the kids in The Sandlot or Goonies. But the ones who mattered were...I guess it's a shame that not all of them were super memorable. However, the story is moving so fast that you don't really notice this too much. Also, it's important to note the importance of suspending belief...especially for a film like this. The more you do, the more you'll enjoy! Anyway, I think I would give this one 8.7 super 8 cameras out of 10 and I'd say see it in theaters! I wish I'd seen it sooner. I definitely think I'll go back and see it a few more times.


Johanna said...

Yeah, but is is something I'd like?

Emily said...

You're a wildcard. You liked Signs...but I'm guessing you wouldn't like it.

Sarah said...

From all I've heard, it looks like a movie I would really enjoy. I'll put it on my list of movies to rent when it comes out on DVD! It's just too hard for me to get out to see movies these days (I know, it's the same old song I always sing).

Emily said...

I saw it again yesterday, and I gotta say I liked it just as much. Make sure to stay through the credits!

Sarah said...

I finally watched this last night (Netflix). This reminded me so much of something that Spielberg would have made in the 80's. It just had that FEEL. It felt like a kid-coming-of-age version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Which was a good thing. :) Jeremiah and I really enjoyed it and we were definitely caught off guard because we didn't expect it to be what it was. Thanks for the good recommendation!