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.