“Super 8” is an Amazing 9
by Nicholas Robinson
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. – IMDB.com
I went into this movie knowing exactly what is shown above, along with the fact that J. J. Abrams wrote and directed it. That was enough for me to be first in line to watch this movie. It has taken me quite a while to write this review but due to lack of internet access at my summer class I am only posting it now. I was blown away. The story was wonderful, the acting was good, the music was amazing, and the visuals were once again amazing.
This story was really good, but it still seemed a lot like Cloverfield, an amazing found-footage alien invasion movie that came out a few years ago. Even though the concept, actualization and resolution of the story were different, the two movies felt very alike in that something is rampaging and people are dying because of it. However, the execution is so good that that can be completely overlooked. The setup, the mystery, the discovery, all of it was very well done and this gives J.J. Abrams a thumbs up for writing another brilliant story.
The acting isn’t really worth mentioning because even though it was good and it fit the story completely, the children really didn’t have much to do other than deliver their lines. There was really only one emotional scene, and that was between Joe (Joel Courtney) and Charles (Riley Griffiths) when they were arguing over a girl. However, they did exactly what they were supposed to and better than most child actors too.
Michael Giacchino as usual did an amazing job with the score for this movie. He deserves nothing but praise as every single one of his scores has not only brought out the emotion on the screen through the music but also it hits you right in your heart when it needs to and everywhere else when it doesn’t. The visuals were another amazing aspect of this movie. My jaw dropped through the theatre floor when we finally saw the creature up close. It was one of the most detailed and stunning creatures I have ever seen in my movie-watching time.
The only problem I really had with this movie, was something that J. J. Abrams has been doing with all of his movies and that has worked in all of his previous ones. Lens flares. Every single time that there was some form of a light source on the screen there was a lens flare. There was even one point at which it went right across the screen and stayed there for about a minute. It was really annoying and didn’t really fit well with the movie I think.
Overall, this is a wonderful movie that everyone should see.
IMDB says 8/10
RT says 83%
I say 9/10