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A loving homage to early 80s Spielberg films and to the act of movie-making itself, "Super 8" is a solid picture with some real heart underneath. It's not a brilliant film, but it's certainly far better than most of the summer blockbuster fare up for your consideration.
Otherwise known as "The Goonies meet E.T."
Only E.T's escaped from Cloverfield and brought all the lens flares from Star Trek with him.
Seriously, someone needs to take the damn lens flare filter off Abrams before he makes a film that's 100% lens flare, rather than just the 60-70% he's limiting himself to at the moment.
The kids were good though and the whole thing will no doubt repeatedly remind you of ET and Goonies. The problem with this is that those two are much loved classics and this doesn't quite stand up next to them, so it's unfortunate you keep getting reminded of them all the way through.
Still, for a good (if a little predictable) film that's a bit too much in love with Spielberg's style, it could have turned out a lot worse (i.e like Indy/Crystal Skull) and, despite all these niggles I'm raising, I enjoyed it.
More Stand By Me than Cloverfield, the film is about a group of kids in the late 70s filming their own zombie movie who see something they shouldn't have. Soon, their small town is attacked by a mysterious alien creature and only they have all the clues to resolve the situation. At the heart of it all is a strong, even touching family drama, and natural character-based comedy coming off the kids. I felt it lost something towards the end when much of the mystery is revealed, turning to action and the hero father trope, but it got me back right at the end with its quick grace note. Stick around for a few seconds at the end because after the first few cards, the kids' entire homemade film is shown
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This movie ranks #81 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
This movie ranks #565 in All-Time Worldwide Box office