‘Super 8’ Movie Review from Cinema Static on Brusimm

by on June 12, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Bruce here… and after getting back from the movie theater, I had to dwell on my thoughts.  There were so many things to say, but I like to keep my reviews brief because I know you folks don’t always have a ton of time…  so below is my movie review of Super 8, thoughts as they poured out of my sporadic brain!

'Super 8' stars Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney(And no, they’re not staring at Cloverfield folks!)

Super 8, from writer/director & producer J.J. Abrams, producer Steven Spielberg & distributed by Paramount Pictures is a fun movie that takes you back to the days when high-quality, fun movies were a gem to be cherished when they were encountered at the movie theater.

In a few words, this movie “is mint!” (That will make sense once you see it.)

A Quick/Rough Super 8 Outline

Traditionally, I have never been drawn to movies that focuses on a group of kids at the center of the action, so when I hear comparisons to The Goonies or Stand By Me, they’re lost on me.  When my co-reviewer, who has avoided all media about this movie, turned to me at the end of Super 8 and said this movie reminded her of The Goonies & E.T., that’s a pretty good clue that what everyone else is saying around the review-verse, well, it seems there’s something to the comparison.

But leaving behind comparisons and who is paying homage to what, Super 8 was a pretty fun ride.

We follow a group of young filmmakers in the year 1979, who witness the crash of an Air Force train that is carrying a very unique cargo.  The train crash affects a small Ohio town’s residents as the military comes in to clean up the mess.

But the military didn’t count on the persistence of these young folks and their parents perseverance as odd and strange things start to take place immediately after the train-wreck, but no one starts to put together immediately.

Joel Courtney in 'Super 8'

Amongst the youngsters, the son of the Deputy in charge of the city, Joe is played by Joel Courtney.  It’s Joe who the many layers of this film revolves around…  from young and budding love, to the challenges of best friend management.
Amongst the adults, Kyle Chandler and Ron Eldard caught my attention as the center of the parental dramas, and though I love Chandler in Friday Night Lights, I’m not sure I didn’t get a core vibe of Coach Taylor from FNL.  Not complaining, but I was looking for something a tad different.


J.J. Abrams directing 'Super 8'J.J. Abrams directing the carnage to be in Super 8

During the telling of Super 8, the movie-goer experiences classic drama peppered with thrills, action and much more.  The last few weeks I’ve been avoiding the onslaught of clips and trailers because I was worried about having too much spoiled, but I think I was fooling myself.

The movie has several underlying elements to it that aren’t really hinted at in the trailers, or at least they didn’t stand out to me enough to warrant feeling spoiled.  The layers or elements in the story made Super 8 a very compelling and entertaining trip.

Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee,and Zach Mills starred in the new telling of good old fashion classic popcorn movie and the ensemble with these folks in the middle of the cast was dang near perfect.

From the classic portrayal of the military being, well, the overtly controlling military, to J.J. Abrams and Spielberg keeping the reveal of the train cargo under wraps until much later in the movie was a wonderful & scary prize near the end of the ride.

Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso and Riley Griffiths in 'Super 8'

Things aren’t so “mint” at this moment!

And the cast of youngsters was well played, as their characters ranged from serious to awe-struck to curiously and sometimes subtle funny.

Oh, and it was a nice change of pace to have a Fanning in a movie and not be screaming through half of it!

Lens Flares

I’ve seen grumbling about the lens flares in the movie…  I thought it was a very strong nudge in the direction of yesteryear’s artistic use of old camera lenses.  A reminder of films our movie makers once admired.  For me, enough said.

I’m Ticked Off

Through it all, the one question I had, I forgot to answer for myself, and that was where will Slusho show up in J.J. Abrams new project?  Gads, I was having so much fun with this film I forgot all about looking.  I could just smack myself!

Fortunately, we have sharp-eyed readers here on the site. and Luckily, Kelly had let us know where Slusho was in Super 8!  Kelly said that it’s in the Walkman scene where you get about one second to catch it.


What Did I think Of Super 8?

Movie Review Popcorn Score 10In case you didn’t catch it, I had a blast with the movie.  It was so well put together that 2 hours felt like a short lifetime, but in a very good way.  If I were to actually put a score to this classic tale of mystery, drama and action, I’d have to give it a popcorn 10 from my movie review rating scale because it was an ‘excellent’ popcorn flick and a ‘very good’ dramatic film to boot.

I definitely recommend seeing Super 8.

OH!  Don’t make like a flash and bolt for the doors as the credits commence.  There’s a wonderful little extra nugget you will enjoy that makes credits fun again!

(I apologize for any word-o’s or typo’s… I was excited to get this out… it’s 2am…  email me (see my about page) if you catch any real goofs!  Thanks for coming by gang!  -Bruce)

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