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Posted on 6/11/12 12:47 PM
Super 8 is a good summer afternoon movie but don't pay any more than matinee prices. A couple of hours in out of the heat is worth it. You can easily pic out the homages to Spielberg (Goonies, E.T.). This movie could die "the death of a thousand cuts" picking on plot holes and such thing but I'll just pick two of the major problems, LENS FLARES..Lens Flare....lens flare...when a scene fades to black the lens flares are suppose to fade too.
As a period piece it eventually fails and fails badly. The best thing to compare it to is the 80's bar in the second Back To The Future. Considering Abrams is a year older than me it seems odd he would miss it sooo badly. You could pick on the anachronisms: The gas attendant would not only have been able to afford a Walkman he would have had to send to Japan and gotten one a month before they went on sale there or a Rubik's Cube was called a Magic Cube and so on but that's just being annoying picky. Instead it fails on the feel. Even though everyone is dressed in late 70's garb and surrounded by things that represented stuff from that time they all still come across (especially the kids) as people from the 21st century doing a halfhearted imitation of what they think 70's people should be. Even the camera shop stoner comes across more as a 89's slacker stoner. The only one that pulls it off is Ron Eldard, he must have known his character (relative close) at some point in his life because it is spot on (or they unfroze him just for this movie). If I seem to fixate on this partm it's because I could have been the main character (might have been a year younger, there age is a little undetermined). I lived in Illinois not Ohio but I think they were fairly similar environments. So things like what movie posters they had and stuff just doesn't ring true.
Now one critic said the kids play no part in the plot, They play every part in the out come of the movie, the film means almost nothing, but the kids are very crucial. Why would the Air Force people be on the road in the bus if not for the kids, how many more people would the Alien have eaten (so the Air Force was feeding him people for 30 years?) if not for the kids, etc. etc.,.
Also I'm putting money down that this is a prequel to Cloverfield.