Monday, June 13, 2011

Super 8

What makes this film fantastic is the kids. Their dialogue, their spunk, and their interactions with each other all felt so genuine. They reminded me not only of some of the best qualities of your classic eighties film kids (ET, Goonies, Explorers, Stand By Me), but also a little bit of my own early adolescence. The alien, the explosions, the was all fine and good, but it would have been no different from any other Hollywood summer blockbuster were it not for those amazing kids. That's really what the film is about, anyway. Yeah, that's a little cliched, but it's okay to be a little cliched if you do it right. I was even able to forgive an excessively shmaltzy end scene. I think this may be destined to be a classic coming-of-age film. Well, done, Abrams.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Jason,
    Whatever changes you made to your blog (I've at least seen the mobile formatting), I'm not getting emails from you anymore. Can you check your settings and see if I'm still set up to get posts-by-email from you? Thanks. I really, really do care about reading your posts!!!