No one told me Bumblebee was in this movie.
I absolutely loved what director J J Abrams did with 2009’s Star Trek, and now comes Super 8, a sci-fi action flick which will evoke memories of older sci-fi movies. This film is drenched in old fashioned filmmaking, but Abrams still manages to deliver the thrills and visual candy that today’s popcorn audience demands. And yes, the lens flare strikes back. (Not as bad here though…)
The best thing about Super 8 is its main cast of children. The kids in this film are exceptionally good actors, definitely some of the best in recent memory. The one who stands out is Elle Fanning, sister of Dakota Fanning. Judging from her performance here, I definitely think that Elle can give her older sis a run for her money. In fact, I’m looking forward to whatever she’s doing next.
What about the super-secret monster? (Or alien, whatever you wanna call it.) Super 8‘s monster has an intriguing back story that is only explained later on in the film, and it’s only then that the plot really kicks in. The look of the monster is nothing special, but it’s certainly scary enough and the CGI is not terrible.
This year is filled to the brim with alien themed movies (try counting how many there are!), and I hope Super 8 doesn’t get lost in the crowd. It won’t be as magical as when audiences first saw E.T. or Close Encounters waaay back, but Super 8 has enough visual and emotional juice to make it worth a recommendation.