Starring: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka Kyle Chandler
On vacation I saw this movie and had high expectations because many people have recommended it…and I was pleasantly surprised this movie is really charming. Super 8 ‘s trailer lets you know very little about the plot except that its an alien movie. So your totally left in the dark about what to expect from the movie, which I feel is always a good thing, I hate when trailers give away the whole movie.
The movie reminded me alot another Steven Spielberg movie; ET. I feel like the only major difference between this movie and ET ; is that ET was a “good” alien and the alien in Super 8 was a “bad” alien. SIDENOTE; I always wonder when discussing alien movies what makes an Alien “good” and what makes an alien “bad”, which is why I always put quotes around both labels. If an alien kills someone only to defend itself and go home does that make an alien bad? If an alien doesn’t kill anyone but uses earth’s resources does that make the alien good? Can you see now how I’m always confused by the subconscious labels of good and bad aliens haha.
Anyways back to the movie… Super 8 is set in the 70’s in a small town and focuses on a group of kids who get together to film a movie. Then all of the sudden ( as you can see in the trailer) they witness a train wreck and the kids soon find out that things aren’t what they seem. That their is indeed a conspiracy and cover-up about what actually happened during the train wreck and the cargo it was carrying. The movie doesn’t put its entire focus on the alien but rather on the relationships between the kids and that’s what makes this movie great and very reminiscent of ET. The kids have a story, even the alien has story and the movie does a good job revealing everything at the right time, not too fast and not too slow. Although I will be honest I was worried that the movie was going to be one of those alien movies where you never see the alien like that movie Monsters ( which was a horrible movie by the way) but it wasn’t like that at all. The alien in Super 8 definitely made an appearance and had a real story to go along with it, so all was good.
I also liked how the movie introduced different characters and opened up all their flaws to the point where you almost despised them and then in the next scene revealed a little bit more about the character and got you to feel pity for them and that is what I call excellent character development. You can tell within the first 20 mins that the cast has natural chemistry with each other and that’s what I call excellent casting. The cast has the natural ability to draw you in in the first few moments of the film and keep you entertained throughout the film with their natural charm and witty comments. The supporting characters (the parents and older folk) arent empty characters and add their talents as well which makes the movie a well rounded film that keeps you entertained and laughing.
Bluej Rating: B