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Super 8 is a film that intrigues me. It also happens to be opening this very week. I’m going on Sunday with my girlfriend and her nephew to see it. Here are a few reasons why:
1. JJ Abrams directed it. JJ Abrams made himself known through the medium of television before moving into the film industry. He created or helped create Felicity, Alias, and LOST. His film directing credits are for Mission: Impossible 3 and the excellent Star Trek reboot. Thus far, Abrams has a pretty stellar career hit-to-miss ratio.
2. It’s secrets are just that… secrets! There is some kind of monster in this film, but I have no idea what it looks like, whether it’s friendly or menacing, or whether it’s terrestrial or alien in nature. I don’t know this because the trailers have not given it away. I really appreciate that Abrams and crew did not want their secrets being given away in the trailers.
3. It’s a very Spielbergian film from when Spielberg was king. Super 8 calls back to the days of Jaws, Gremlins, Close Encounters, E.T., Back to the Future, and many other Spielberg-directed and -produced products of the late-70s to the mid-80s. Having grown up in the late-80s watching The Goonies every Thanksgiving, I have a certain amount of nostalgia for this time period. Judging from the look of the characters in the trailers, Abrams is very true to the look and feel of America in the late-70s and early-80s.
4. None of the actors in it are particularly “known.” The two biggest names are Kyle Chandler and Ron Eldard, two fairly established actors who are in no way big stars. This means there is no awkward Tom Cruise performance where we are expected to believe he’s a maintenance man or electrician or something. It helps keep the film at a level of reality that other Hollywood summer blockbusters just can’t match.
Are you going to see Super 8 this weekend? Why or why not?