Cert: 12 A Runtime: 112 mins Director: J.J. Abrams Cast: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Gabriel Basso
Stop talking about production value, the Air Force is going to kill us.
J.J. Abrams is one of those directors you know is destend for great things, he is the mini Spielberg they say. His new movie Super 8 has just hit UK cinemas, and I went to see what the whole fuss is about his new flick.In the summer of 1979, six friends spend their time making a zombie movie with an 8mm camera. Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) does the make-up and he tales a liking to Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning) who has only recently joined the group. While filming at the local railway depot, they see one of their teachers, Dr. Woodward, turn his truck onto the track and drive into an oncoming train which derails. As they continue trying to make their film, they realize that an extra-terrestrial was being carried on that train and is now loose in the community. Can’t really say more than this…
Super 8 will unlikely make no impressions on you: You love it or you hate it. It’s not just a matter of having sci-fi thrillers among the favorite movie genres because the film is first of all a cinematic experiment: J.J. Abrams attempt to introduce the spectacular way to see the life of the 80s Steven Spielberg and a friend-love-family-destruction plot into the new Millennium generation.First things first it cannot be said that the movie is not well-directed: Abrams has a great experience, even when he ‘copies’ from his cine-mate Spielberg (There are some delicious brainwaves: The way in which he indirectly informs us about the incident in the factory, the way in which he avoids to show the creature when it attacks – You’ll understand what I am talking about when you’ll watch the movie).
The cast, (mostly referring to Elle Fanning) she’s stunningly beautiful and she has a face expressiveness I have seldom recognized in a young actress. Concerning the other members of the cast I really cannot blame anyone and very surprisingly I really enjoyed the performances of the younger ones. Very well chosen ‘faces’ make this movie a must-see, I do praise those who choose the cast: In contrast with a large number of cinematic productions where people choose the actors according to their hotness or being cool, none of the faces seen in Super 8 seem to be dull.The plot is good and gripping. Maybe a little bit predictable, but I would have blamed the writers if they had chosen to make the movie end in a different way. The plot is quite simple; however, it’s all I was expecting from a movie like this: I really have no reason to be disappointed because I felt strongly satisfied at the end of the movie. It’s moving, it’s thrilling, there are even a lot of jumping-off-the-seat moments and, last but not least, spectacular.
The music in Super 8 was very good, the main theme is repeated in different ways and tones during the movie, Michael Giacchino did a very good job. It’s not an anonymous theme, it’s a theme that I still keep humming in my mind and that, in my opinion, is far better than many other themes from movies far more popular than Super 8. Last considerations. Super 8 is a movie I’ve been waiting for for a very long time. Quite happily I may say, today, that it did not disappoint me, not in a single way. J J Abrams, the cast, the Music Composer did a very good job. It’s not perfect for sure but it has everything it needs to be considered a ‘cult’ and I will probably let it in my ‘cinematic’-heart.