Monday, June 13, 2011

Super 8

A lot of people old and young (Nugget and Mrs. Nugget parents have mentioned it) are interested in finding out about Super 8. I would say it is a combination of J.J. Abrams "mystery box" and nostalgia for Spielberg films. And that's really what you have here, a mash up.

There are two stories being told here. One is about a kid who lost his mom in an accident. The other is about the U.S. Government transporting an alien via train. Sorry, spoiler alert, there is no spoiler. It's an alien. Not a smoke monster that can take the form of dead people.

These two stories are sort of conflicting. And that's why I'm not in love with this movie. The kids are kind of just taken out of the story when the screenwriter decided he had nothing to do with it. There is the start of a budding romance that is like Romeo and Juliet, except it's just kind of resolved in a sentence.

I've actually heard in interviews that JJ Abrams said that originally this movie came about because he had two ideas. So, he decided to combine them together. But really, its not like there are parallels of the monster story and the kid's story. It's just like mashing a hamburger and piece of chicken together and putting it on the grill. That doesn't really make a chicken burger. You've just kind of made a mess.

That being said, I still liked it. It's a fun time at the movie and does call back to some of Spielberg's films. The only thing that I would say tips it back over to the thumbs down side of things are the lens flairs. I mean, someone needs to just smack JJ over the head and tell him to knock it off. It just makes it look like incompetent film making.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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