5 Responses to “Review: Super 8 (2011)”

  1. Dan O. says:

    Abrams remembers the simple rule that a majority of his contemporaries have forgotten: action and mayhem have meaning only when an audience cares about the people trapped within the maelstrom. And I cared for all of these characters, even that drunk dad that gets arrested in the beginning. Nice Review! Check out mine when you get a chance!

  2. Karl Juziuk says:

    I stick with my original thought leaving the theater…its E.T. with an ugly monster. I think this movie also suffered from the hype surrounding it, just like Blair Witch, Cloverfield, and Paranormal Experience, they were all decent films that never lived up to the buzz and the suppression of plot before release.

  3. Darren says:

    Over here in Ireland, we have to wait until August to see this. I don’t wanna have to wait that long. Especially since it seems everyone is loving it.

  4. Dan says:

    I’m not a huge fan of Abrams but I’m really looking forward to seeing this one.
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  5. Andrew says:

    Super 8, I agree, works best when it’s focusing on the cast of child actors and not on random monster attacks, and I frankly think it would have been greatly improved by cutting out the final confrontation with the creature in the climax. It’s not just that Joe and the alien have no grounds on which to truly connect over their personal tragedies– Joe lost his mother in an accident, the alien has been held captive and tortured for a few decades– it’s that separating Joe and Pyro Kid from the rest of the pack denies the film its greatest strength and feels completely unnecessary as a potential roadblock to Joe achieving his catharsis.

    Beyond that, I had a lot of fun with Super 8 (save for the lens flare!), and I really think it would have been an instant classic if Abrams had tightened up the end a little bit. I think Joe meets the monster face-to-face because Abrams believes that’s what’s supposed to happen, but maybe if he’d kept going with the bent that made the rest of his movie so satisfying, he would have wound up with something that stands up under scrutiny far better.
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