Super 8 Review (Spoiler Alert)

Super 8 feels a bit like it has two separate parts. The story of a young boy named Joe who meets a girl while shooting a zombie movie with his friends while he and his father are trying to figure out how to cope with the death of his mother and about how it influences their somewhat distant relationship. This part of the movie is well done, you feel for these characters and that’s something that is getting harder to find in today’s pool of action-driven blockbusters. The kids are believable in their performances and Kyle Chandler delivers well as Joe’s father. There are a few very good scenes, I admit I got a little teary-eyed. I would have been alright with watching just this part of the story, but most of the scenes that developed this story were interrupted by the other part of the story.

The other part of the story is your basic alien invasion in a small town story. It is a little predictable. In a recording the boys hear a scientist who was studying the alien tell them that the alien was a “good guy” and then he ends up being misunderstood and a good guy. I really expected this part of the story to be more complicated and have more mysterious puzzle pieces, seeing as it is from the person who brought life to “Lost” and “Star Trek”.

Overall I really enjoyed this movie and recommend it.  Although some parts of it are predictable, it is thrilling, has good action, and has a heart.

 

Random Notes:

The music was pretty great of course because Michael Giacchino composed it.

A lot of good action and explosions in this film, like when the train explosion and when the tanks are destroying the city. The school bus scene was pretty thrilling,

I loved the scenes after something crazy happens and the kids are having like three different conversations at one time.

The kids were pretty cool, except for running joke with the kid who liked blowing things up. That was a little overdone. And the taller kid with glasses didn’t seem to bring much to the table.

It looks like J. J. likes camera flares. I feel like he might over due the use of them sometimes but it does seem to create an interesting, mysterious, and beautiful aesthetic.

Joe’s father’s name is Jackson, and is sometimes called Jack. He looks a bit like Jack Shepherd from J. J. Abram’s show “Lost”

A sign advertising the fictitious slushie drink, Slusho, can be seen in the gas station scene. Slusho appears in other places in the universe of J. J. Abrams, such as “Cloverfield” and “Alias”.

 

 

 

 

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