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SUPER 8 Review

I assume that you have read them all, the other reviews of this movie and most of them are right, some of them are cynical and some are just wrong. Super 8 IS a great Summer Popcorn movie. J. J. Abrams brings it home, well most of the way, at least, and what a home it is.

This movie isn’t ET, as some would have you think and although it does have a certain ET stink to it. It is a full on monster movie, like Gremlins was a monster movie, Super 8 is just that but not as cuddly or silly or funny.

It can be compared to a truly sinister version of The Goonies or War Games or Stand By Me. A pack of small town Monster kids are ready to spend their Summer making a Zombie short with their Super 8 camera (hence the title) and are put through the ringer, first as they are caught in an amazingly spectacular train crash and then later as a shambling unknown being stumbles it’s way though their town and their young teen lives, destroying property, making pets disappear, eating things. Then the Army shows up. All this while their young lives are already covered in the misery of broken homes and strained parental relations.

The movie is chock-full of stuff that made the Spielberg movies of the 70’s and 80’s, of which this is a homage, so damn fun. Real people, with real issues stuck in strange, almost impossible times and places. At anytime during the movie, you could almost catch Sheriff Brody or Roy Neary out of the corner of your eye, just as all hell breaks loose.

And that’s problem with Super 8, it is such a homage that it starts to lose some credibility and becomes a cypher to all that came before it, but before you suck your breath though your teeth, it’s really not that big of a problem, it’s more like a pet peeve.

What this movie is, is FUN. Capital F-U-N and also poignant and cool. it is what all Summer Movies hope to be, exciting, engaging, romantic and wonderful summer confections. it is more than the sum of it’s parts.

Go see it. See it before it’s out of the theaters and buy popcorn and ju-ju fruits and a giant soda and sit in the front row like you did when you were a kid, with school over and the summer just begun.

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