Over the past number of days I've seen two movies that have been out for awhile. One is an homage to Speilberg-styled films full of shocks, special effects, humor, action, and a bit of romance. The other is a foul-mouthed comedy that tries too hard. Guess which one I liked more based on those descriptions alone?
Super 8 has been talked about as being a love-letter to Steven Spielberg (I even mentioned that in my intro), but that could cause one to worry the movie doesn't stand on its own. That isn't the case. This film is quite intriguing and fun and not just a mish-mash of scenes paying lip-service to Spielberg so much as the film has a feeling of that Spielberg magic some of his flicks maintained. You know, that sense of wonderment and feeling of amazement when you look at the world and everything that makes it up. Speaking of amazement, I liked how the movie didn't show you the alien very well until quite close to the end, and boy was it one ugly sucker. The real stars of the show are the kids however. Whether it is Joel Courtney as Joe or Elle Fanning doing a great job as Alice--along with the other young boys who get less screen time but still are exemplary--the youth are great actors in this film and for a movie that hinges on their success as believable characters with good chemistry they nail it.
4.5 out of 5 stars.
2.5 out of 5 stars.