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.
So when you first saw theSuper 8Trailer during the Super Bowl did you sit around pondering the idea of “what the fuck was that about?!” with your friends? Cuz’ that what I sure did. I mean we get this scene that looks straight out of Leave it to Beaver of some kid riding his bike then a fucking train crashes out of nowhere. Then suddenly a bunch of people in shock and awe are catapulted at us and we are clueless as to what has happened. Well, thankfully we finally have an explanation as to what is going on in this damn thing! A summary of the plot of J.J. Abrams upcoming film Super 8 has been released stating,
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.
In addition to having our foggy vision of what’s going in the film cleared up we also found out who will be making up the cast. The list includes Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basson, Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills and Amanda Michalka.
Even though the project is in the hands of a great director and back by the likes of Steven Spielberg the thought still remains that maybe all the secrecy is part of the magic that makes the film so intriguing and that once that’s revealed it may let us down. What do you guys think??