“Super 8″ is a simple love story. There’s a 14 year old kid, Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) who’s head-over-heels for Alice. (Elle Fanning) Their puppy love is just about ready to take flight. Oh yeah, there’s a snag. There’s a sinister creature threatening the residents of the blue-collar town of Lillian, Ohio.
Set your WayBack Machine to 1976. By now you’ve heard the film focuses on a group of kids making a movie with their Super 8 Camera. The usual suspects are present & accounted for. Government Cover Up? Check. 70’s Soundtrack hits? Check. Ford Pinto in the foreground? Check. The look of the film is perfect, especially on a skimpy$50 million dollar budget.
The kid actors are the ones who should get all the credit. Director J.J. Abrams & his Ment0r Steven Spielberg know how to get the best performance for their cast. I also love the rudimentary film making jargin. These kids are under intense pressure and are cranking out amazing performances. The movie does build very well throughout. There are twists that I can’t tell you about. NO SPOILERS HERE. Super 8 is a really good popcorn movie, but does lack surprise. I’ll give it 3 1/2 stars out of five.
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