Super 8

Posted by on June 11, 2011

With so many crappy, CGI-laced comic book movies dominating the summer blockbuster scene, it is so entirely refreshing to see Super 8.  Super 8 is not a good movie, it is a great movie.  It combines the authentic teen relationships of a Stand By Me, with the wonder of a Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The two lead teen actors in the movie, Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning, are incredible and will make their characters memorable in the same vein as did Henry Thomas as Elliot from E.T. The dialogue draws you in, the acting is fantastic, and there is still the mandatory exciting action sequences.  And as a bonus for anyone 40 or older, the 70s pop imagery and references are incredibly fun to take in.  From the convenience store clerk listening to a new Walkman, to Space Food Sticks, to omnipresent firecrackers, this movie will take you back.  And don’t get me started on the soundtrack (it may even give Electric Light Orchestra an iTunes jolt they never could have dreamed of).  Added bonus:  you can actually take your grade school age kids to this movie and not regret it afterwards.  Go see this movie!

Grade:  A+