Super 8 (2011)



Filed under : review, sci-fi

For a very long time, I had been hearing talk about this film. And, let me just say – it’s one of those movies I had been really looking forward to seeing this summer.

Not only was the film directed by J.J. Abrams, but it was also produced by Steven Spielberg. Putting these two minds together for the movie, I had a feeling I was in for a treat. And, I was right.

Before I go on, let me just say – this is not a film for everyone. To be fair, this is a movie by filmmakers geared towards filmmakers and dedicated moviegoers.

For those who are only occasional moviegoers, let me just warn you – it may not be your cup of tea. Those who will really understand this film will be people who are dedicated and interested in film. For those who are not, it may be misunderstood or misread.

To sum it up, folks who are passionate about film and movies will get it. Those who do not, may not.

(Note: For those who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about).

The film starts out by setting the story and introducing the main characters. In a sense, it seems a bit like a television drama. Though, it did not bother me as I am familiar with Abrams’ work.

In any case, the main characters (who are kids) really remind me of this movie and this television show. In a way, this is an adventure and drama type of movie with a bit of a sci-fi twist.

What made this film enjoyable was how the characters’ passion for film was interwoven into the storyline. Being that this came about from both Abrams and Spielberg, it definitely showed that this was a film for filmmakers (as well as moviegoers) by filmmakers.

Personally, I really enjoyed some of the scenes that involved filmmaking and preparation work. At times, it took us behind the scenes and logistics of filmmaking. I do admit, there were some very entertaining and funny scenes and situations.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. And, it was kind of neat to see all the scenes put together at the end. I’m glad I stayed for the credits!)

Regarding the “sci-fi” part of the movie, it definitely brought in an interesting aspect to the film. It really showed the different perspectives we have about those that are foreign to us and vice versa. In a way, it confirmed how we as humans view the unfamiliar.

To be honest, sometimes we think that what is foreign to us may be harmful. But, did we ever stop to think that maybe that what is foreign may think the same of us?

It really begs the question and addresses the issue of perspective. Who is right? And, who is wrong? Is there a right and a wrong? These are intriguing issues.

Overall, I did enjoy the movie. Though it may not be for everyone, I do recommend it to those who have a special place in their heart for film and movies.

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Happy movie watching!

(Note: For those who have seen the film, I’d be interested to hear what you thought of it compared to this film. Thanks for reading!)

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4 Responses to “Super 8 (2011)”

  1. I have not seen this, nor Bridesmaids, yet; so have been skimming through your recent writings—- look forward to discussing them with you after I’ve seen them! :)

  2. ruth says:

    I quite enjoyed this one and perhaps like it more than most because of the nostalgia factor (it reminds me a lot like ET). I don’t LOVE it but it was quite fun to watch with friends in the theater. I also like the film-within-a-film part of it w/ the kids making the zombie movie, that end credits is really worth staying for!
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    • filmgurl says:

      I definitely agree! It was interesting to read others opinions after watching the film. It seemed to me that those who did not enjoy it as much were just average movie goers, not those who are passionate about film and movies. It also reminded me of ET and also Goonies, in a way. And, yes the end credits was very entertaining and definitely worth staying for. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

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