Super 8 is a monster of a movie. I just came back from the theater and have a big smile on my face. That's because I thought Super 8 was a great movie and perhaps one of the best movies to come out in the past ten years. Don't get me wrong, when you see the movie you may feel like you've seen it before. And that's because you have. It has a little bit of The Goonies, a little bit E.T., a little bit of The Monster Squad and a little bit of Close Encounters-all rolled up into one giant movie. But if you're like me, you are a fan of those other movies. So no matter how you slice it, it's a good time.
The movie is about a group of young kids growing up in the late 1970's (1979, to be exact) and they want to make a zombie film to enter into a contest. During the filming of their zombie movie, they witness a horrible train crash and something very large and mysterious has exited the train. There are subsequent power outages, missing people (and dogs) and things change forever in the small town. The local deputy, (played by Kyle Chandler) is the father to one of the boys making the movie and finds himself in a serious situation after the Sheriff goes missing and the military moves into town. In the movies it's never a good thing when the military comes into town. They are there to "clean up" the situation but no one is quite sure what they are really wanting to clean up and at what cost they will have to pay. It seems whatever lurked off the train is not a mystery to the military. And they want it back very badly.
The children are basically unknown actors, with the exception of Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning's sister). There is a bit of puppy love between her character and one of the boys. It makes the film very sweet and has you thinking back fondly about your childhood years and your childhood crushes. But there are tons of laughs in the film, lots of surprises and the soundtrack is great because it's mostly music from 1979, such as the songs 'My Sharona' and 'Heart of Glass'.
I won't spoil things by telling you what happens and what the "monster" is. I will say I was pleased with the characters, the acting and the production of the movie. It was a collaboration of J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Can't go wrong there.
Super 8 is a film that families can enjoy together, although there is some language which may be inappropriate for younger children and the "monster" and intense action could be scary for the younger audience. Overall though, it's a film that an entire family could watch together, which is a rarity these days.
I had a great time and was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed it and recommend seeing this movie.
But that's just my opinion. ;)
PS- Stick around for the closing credits.