Excerpt: The Summer of 1979. Joe Lamb and his friends are making a horror movie for a local film competition when the sneak out of the house in order to shoot a scene at night at a nearby railway station.
Excerpt: With each year there comes the anticipation that each and every movie released will be the “next big thing.” Such is the case with the J.J. Abrams movie “Super 8” which, with Steven Spielberg on board, it’s clear to say there was some pressure for Mr. Abrams.
Excerpt: Super 8 is J.J. Abrams at his best, taking a concept well worn and familiar, wrapping it up in a beautifully photographed dressing, and making it his own. He did it with Cloverfield , he did it against all odds with Star Trek , and he has done it again, although this time with heart, a great set of...
Conclusion: I think J.J. Abrams has proved (not that he hadn’t already) that he can hang with the big boys. Super 8 is an obvious tribute-passion project of his and is well made. I wish the story had been a bit tighter especially during that last act, but that’s how it goes.
Conclusion: Spielberg putting his name on such an obvious tribute to his own earlier works seems like bad form, frankly, but while Super 8 is visually ambitious (albeit flawed on Blu-ray), sonically it is one of the best discs of this or any year. Product Details
Conclusion: Super 8 may represent the very essence of cinema. It's thrillingly escapist but grounded in real human drama and emotion. It has characterization to spare, wonderful acting, and perfect chemistry between its child leads. It boasts fantastic visual effects and all those glorious production values!