Super 8

29 Dec

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writer: J.J. Abrams

Stars: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka and Kyle Chandler

Motion Picture Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 112 minutes

 

 

This is the sort of film that one feels that only the big US studios can make. It has Steven Spielberg as the executive producer and Super 8 is very much a tribute to the great early work of the great man. It has kids, it has nostalgia, it has monsters and it has plenty of small town shenanigans. The director JJ Abrams (who brilliantly rebooted Star Trek in 2009) is a vocal fan of Spielberg and seeing Super 8 underlines his credentials as the man’s successor.

To be clear, I loved this film. It is fantastic. Set in 1979, it is about a group of kids during the summer and it has elements of, but improves upon, films such as The Goonies and Stand By Me. They are junior film-makers and find themselves in the middle of an alien like invasion when their super 8 camera records a huge train crash on the edge of town.

Super 8 has action, suspense, drama and a monster (so what’s not to love?) It moves quickly, but it’s not superficial and certainly not a crash, bang & wallop machine as operated by Michael Bay. The kids are believable and act very well. The film is touching at times. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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