Hey El Moochadores! I just got done watching the latest creation of director J.J. Abrams and executive producer Steven Spielberg, and it was a hell of a lot of fun! This is one of those films you need to sit and enjoy so I’ll do my best not to reveal too much of what happens, but here’s the back story from the official site for Super 8:
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 ot them could have imagined.
Before watching Super 8 I had heard others say this film is the Goonies for a new generation, and I have to admit that while watching it I felt like I was watching a Spielberg film of the late 70’s and early 80’s. The film brought me into a world as seen through the eyes of its young teenagers and got me to actually care about the things they care about without cramming a ton of nostalgia down my throat. There were a few predictable moments in Super 8, but regardless it remained an energetic thriller brought to life with some amazingly well done performances by its young cast. However, that doesn’t mean this film isn’t with out it’s flaws. Like I said, there were a few moments where the film hit the well trodden road of predictable plot points and resolutions, but this isn’t what flaws the movie. For me the chief problem with Super 8 is its directors insistence on cramming bright (unnecessary) lens flares into the film.
This may sound nit-picky, and something that probably wouldn’t bother anyone else, but Abrams’ over use of this lighting effect was a major distraction that constantly pulled me out of the film. It would be night, and the group of friends would be doing what they were supposed to be doing, but then the camera would pan past a light and an obtrusive lens flare would streak across the screen and remind me this was a J.J. Abram flick and not 1979. His over use of this pointless effect is baffling and I pray to the great Flying Spaghetti Monster somebody will tell him to knock it the fuck off on any future projects!
I don’t have a rating system, but since this film is focused around a group of disco era teens, I’m going to give it a solid B. It would have gotten an -A, but those damn lens flares really pissed me off… grrr!
Check out a trailer for the film below and if you go see the movie let us know what you thought in the comments section.