I finally saw “Super 8” this past weekend. Going in, it was probably the film I was most excited to see this whole summer (except for Harry Potter).
And it was okay.
I mean, sure I liked it. It was definitely a good movie, and entertaining. And original. And not another goddamn Hollywood derivitive superhero movie. But for some reason I just didn’t “love” it.
Maybe because I really didn’t know what to expect from it going in. The trailers were fairly secretive (which really intrigued me), and from some of the pre-buzz, it sounded like it was going to be basically a modern version of E.T. or Close Encounters.
A total Spielberg ‘homage’.
To be honest, I didn’t think it was very much like Spielberg’s films at all. Other than the time period when the film was set. And the BMX bikes, of course.
I think my biggest issue with the film is that I was expecting more childhood innocence and wonder, and less scary thriller. For me “Super 8” was much less like E.T. than it was like Alien.
And that’s fine… it just really was not what I was expecting. Or hoping for.
My other issue with the film is a minor suspension of disbelief thing. I really hate it when young kids suddenly get all ‘adult’ and mount rescue missions and perform detailed investigations and avoid military personnel and stuff. It just seems to come out of nowhere, and it really strains the film’s credibility for me.
But other than that, the film was entertaining. And I LOVED the train crash scene- it was pretty intense.
Oh, and that Fanning girl is really good (seriously, is there a bad actress in that family?)