When you’re watching Super 8 this weekend you’ll feel transported to when as a child going to the movies was the hit of your week. Summertime didn’t just bring a break from school but the best movies you and your friends would be talking about for weeks. If Super 8 feels achingly familiar it’s because it is. You’ve seen this movies before, and I mean that in the best of ways.
J.J. Abrams‘ love letter to monster movies, coming of age tales from the 70s and 80s and Spielbergian, adventure-dramas is pitch-perfect at being just that, an homage to movies we’ve loved before. It’s not a film without faults and because it tries so hard to be like classics, E.T., The Goonies, Close Encoutners, it might just miss being considered one itself. But it sure does recall the nostalgia we have for those movies and those periods in our lives.
Because so much of what makes this film work is the unknown I will do my best to keep this review mostly spoiler free. But to be safe, it continues below the cut.
The J.J. Abrams love letter to all things Spielbergian, Super 8 doesn’t open until June 10th but everyone whose seen it is abuzz with positivity. It’s being hailed as the best movie of the summer and an ode to everything you loved about Amblin classics of the 80s and 90s. But don’t take my word for it, I haven’t seen the film but these lucky bastards have,
Slashfilm: Loved it, they don’t make these types of movies anymore. The best thing I can say about the film is that I loved the characters/setting/tone so much that I probably would have enjoyed it just as much as a Stand By Me-like coming of age drama without the sci-fi/train crash/action. Its one of those films that feels like it was made just for me. (someone asked if its more E.T. or Cloverfield, I responded: It’s Cloverfield with the characters and setting of E.T.
Jenna Busch: #Super8 is AMAZING!!!! Nostalgic, action-packed and just damn entertaining! Woot!
LA Times Hero Complex: Remember how the academy expanded the best picture race to include crowdpleasers and sublime spectacle films? Meet “Super 8″…
Nostalgia, action, spectacle; these are words I associate with classic Steven Spielberg films and I really want Super 8 to deliver on that promise. These first impressions give me a lot of hope, and definitely guarantee I’ll be out opening night to catch the flick, will you?
For more early impressions, all spoiler-free, click the jump. And if you’re still fuzzy on just what Super 8 is here’s the trailer as a refresher. Of course, being an Abrams project, don’t expect to understand much beyond basic premise. Oh, and be prepared to have your ocular senses assaulted by lens flare.