Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Movie Review: Super 8 ***1/2
It is 1979 and a group of kids in rural Ohio are trying to make a zombie film. Both Spielberg and Abrams made films as children - and it is so great to watch a film that captures the romance of filmmaking. Early on we quickly learn about the different personalities in the group. There is the leader, the nerd, the eccentric, and the quiet kid. They recruit Elle Fanning (Alice) who amazes the boys with her acting ability. All the scenes with the kids play out perfectly without going over the top.
Super 8 is a fun summer movie. It is destined to be a classic and hopefully will inspire studios make more films in this mode that emphasize the human drama rather than CGI effects. Superhero films are unlikely to go away, but whatever happen to the idea of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances? Abrams rejuvenated network television with LOST and if Super 8 is any indication, I look forward to anything he does in the future.