Sound Off: J.J. Abrams' New Sci-Fi 'Super 8' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 10, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Amblin Entertainment returns to present a Bad Robot production of Super 8, directed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams ("Lost", Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), starring a cast of young kids and talented character actors, including Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning. For many, this is the moment they've anxiously been waiting for, as we finally get to find out what exactly Super 8 is and if all of our expectations hold true for it being a modern Amblin classic inspired by Steven Spielberg's early sci-fi. So if you've seen it, leave a comment below and tell us what you thought of Super 8!
Warning: spoilers from here on out - as this is a full-on Super 8 discussion. As I'm sure many expected, I totally loved Super 8 and I've seen it three times already and have loved it more each and every time. I think it's a vastly entertaining, original, refreshing summer blockbuster made with a kind of love for filmmaking and adventure that is rare in Hollywood today. I think it lacks some tiny spark to truly make it an E.T.-level classic, and I hate admitting that, but it's as close as it can get and I've re-watched it enough already to know that I still love it no matter how many times I see it. It's thrilling and scary at times, but emotional and exciting and unquestionably a cinematic experience that makes seeing it on the big screen totally worth it.
To get into some specifics, I totally love the way it ends, I think it's a perfection conclusion. Plus this really isn't a movie about the monster, it's about these kids and this incredible childhood experience they all have. The train crash, even seeing it for my sixth time, is still breathtaking to watch. One of the scenes that I think about all the time is when Joe finally comes face-to-face with "it" and has the "talk" with it. I think it's a good scene and I liked it, but it's lacking some extra catch to make it much more powerful as the climactic moment. That said, it isn't much of an issue, as I still think Super 8 is phenomenal film that many will love.
What did you think of Super 8? An amazing instant classic or unoriginal problematic mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!