Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review: J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" is the best movie of the summer


As I watched “Super 8,” I kept thinking, I haven’t had this much fun in a movie since “Star Trek.”

Oh right. That was J.J. Abrams’ last movie.

“All the spectacle in the world means nothing if there’s not [good] characters at the center of it all,” Abrams said in a 2009 review with The Lamron. His characters are always memorable. When you walk away from “Super 8,” you’re not thinking about the alien. You’re thinking about the middle-schoolers who are obsessed with zombie movies and cherry bombs. And who handle family tragedies and alien invasions with equal aplomb. They’re probably the best characters I’ve seen all year.

And, for all you “Lost” fans out there, the movie is a bit like an alien version of that show (with a much happier ending). “Super 8″ is what would have happened if Jack Shepherd had moved to 1960s suburbia and become a sheriff instead of a doctor. And if the black smoke monster was really an alien. And if Sawyer had gotten custody of his daughter. (Oh, and keep an eye out for the “Locke” jewelry store in the final scene.)

Whether you’re a “Lost” fan or not, do yourself a favor and don’t miss this film.

4 comments:

  1. Loved the movie. love your review even more:

    "Super 8 is what would have happened if Jack Shepherd had moved to 1960s suburbia and become a sheriff instead of a doctor. And if the black smoke monster was really an alien. And if Sawyer had gotten custody of his daughter. "

    hehehe...

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  2. Good to know, my son is obsessed with jj abrams and plans on seeing it this week.

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  3. I so want to see this! Great review. Are you on summer break yet? Oh, and I answered you and your mom about the Penderwicks. We <3 those books. Us girls and you girls have so much in common, I hope we really do meet in person one of these days.

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  4. Great review :) Rhys and I saw this movie a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. So true the comparisons you made between Lost characters. The long haired guy is a bit like a Charlie as well though, not as heart winning. One of my favorite parts was the kid's movie during the credits.

    On a side note, Super 8 also reminded me quite a bit of Signs.

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