Review: Movie: Super 8

Super 8 poster

Review: Super 8 (2011)

Opened: June 9th, 2011

Run Time: 112  min

Genre: Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Rated: PG-13


Joel Courtney … Joe Lamb

Elle Fanning …Alice Dainard

Riley Griffiths … Charles

Kyle Chandler … Jackson Lamb

The idea of this site is to give you a different kind of review, so that you can come here and read “not just another self-proclaimed movie critic” writing there opinion about current films. However as I patiently waited to see Super 8 at midnight even though it was available to see all Thursday (June 8), I tried my hardest not to read the reviews of the film. I’m trying to be unique here, to give this site my own flavor and not copy from anyone. However after I saw the film I really can’t help copying. Others have said it is this years best movie, I will not argue with that.  Entertaining nostalgia that has a little drama, romance, action, suspense, and aliens mixed in.  I would be lying to you if I told you this is not the opinion of every review your going to read of this film. I have not read a negative review of Super 8. I have tried, people don’t like J.J. Abrams’s style they hate him for Star Trek or Lost. However they can’t deny the genius that is Super 8. My expectations for all other movies for this summer have been lowered because they can’t possibly compare to how entertaining and genuinely fun this film was.

The best part of the film is that the adult actors were good but the kid actors were superb. I haven’t seen acting this good from young kids in a VERY long time. They aren’t even teenagers yet. The young female actress is the younger sister of Dakota fanning, Elle Fanning she will be as good if not better then her sister.  She will be known only for a short time as Dakota Fanning’s sister because her name will be remembered for this film and I hope many others. The main boy Joel Courtney is great as well, he does his job of being the leader of the band of boys in the film but also keeping his innocent 8 year old charm when it comes to acting opposite of Elle Fanning in there scenes together. Riley Griffith plays the charming “director” of the zombie film the kids are filming with the Super 8 camera. He is great at being the bossy lovable “side-kick” to our true hero of the film.  I truly enjoyed and laughed a lot when these kids dropped curse words every other line.  The movie was like a minnie PSA where those who drank and smoked were the ones who got in trouble or the cause for the sadness for out main character. If you wanted to ignore it you could this is not a Wall-e or Avatar, however it is there for those who wish to find it.

The adult acting was good as well but they did not shine like the kids.  In this type of movie where the kids are the heroes the adults are usually scripted as dumb, close-minded or just plain evil. Though at first we believe this about the two single dads in the film, that is not the case. However there is an evil guy and like most alien movies this side of the turn of the century, he is part of the military.

If I write anymore I will give the story away, enjoy and if you only see movies once see this in IMAX.


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