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I was really unsure about seeing Super 8. It’s not that I’m not a fan of J.J. Abrams or Steven Spielberg; I’m absolutely a fan of both. It’s just that the movie’s plot was really obscure. I had no idea just what type of movie I was getting into.

I mean was it horror? Suspense? Action? Turns out it’s pretty much all three. A trifecta of awesome. And that’s coming from someone who really doesn’t usually watch and enjoy creepy suspense movies.

The approach that Abrams takes with this movie is a very Jaws-like approach; you don’t see the monster until late in the film. He’s obscured by signs, trees, and deceptive camera angles. And why would Abrams want to introduce us to the main threat early in the film? All the suspense would be gone. Instead we’re treated to interesting lighting, great character reactions, and tight close ups.

But I really have to take a minute to talk about the acting. The kids they cast to play in this film are pretty amazing. With so many action scenes, acting against (what I’m sure is) a green screen, and then a scene later getting emotional can’t be easy for someone who hasn’t done this a couple times before. I’m sure these kids are naturals, but you also have to give credit to their director.

I’m pretty sure Super 8 is almost on its way out of theaters (it was released June 10) so if you really want to see it on the big screen (and I recommend you do) go soon! They’re going to have to make room for all of those extra showings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2.

About eadon216

As a Librarian I make it my goal to know as much as I can about all sorts of media. I consume more books, movies, TV, and music than is healthy for a normal person. Add in a good amount of MMORPG gaming and you have the perfect recipe for me. I enjoy doing all of this with my husband in our theater style basement

4 responses »

  1. When I first saw the trailer (I think it was when we went to see Cars 2 with the kiddos), I wasn’t sure I wanted to see the movie. All I could think was, “okay…what’s that all about?” But you’ve changed my mind. It’s still in theaters around here. I’ll have to go see it this week with hubby. 😀

  2. I hope you like it! I found myself not wanting it to be over towards the end.

  3. Pingback: Super Duper Super 8? | Sonia G Medeiros

  4. Sounds great! I have been awaiting it to hit the cinemas but I got distracted for a minute and watched Deathly Hallows instead. *sigh* So I had no idea there was a monster. That makes it even more tempting. Okay, it’s decided. thanks for sharing. 🙂


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