Movie Review: Super 8

Somewhere around 40 minutes into Super 8, I suddenly realized that in 1979, I was the same age as the kids in the film. There were several moments which had me tripping down memory lane, from the cars to clothes to the goofy Mattel handheld football game, which I also owned and obsessed over back then. It was a bit surreal. In ’79, I would have given a tooth or two in order to run around filming things with my friends. Especially if it involved a massive train derailment. I’m a huge sci-fi fan, but I have to admit that this film succeeds most when dealing with the kids- what is on the train only exists to provide a focus for their interactions. As a matter of fact, the few complaints I had were directly related to the science fiction elements of the story. The rest was wonderful. Visually, other than wanting someone (anyone!) to take J.J. Abrams’ lens flare toys away from him, this is a film worthy of an Abrams-Spielberg production. Grade: B+

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