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.