Luckily for movie-goers, there are a lot of scifi and fantasy choices in theaters this summer. In fact, there have been quite a few good movies, but among this delightful summer fare Super 8 sets itself apart. For this review, I’m going to give it the highest recommendation: if you can only pick one movie to see in the next couple of months, Super 8 should be it. I’m not going to give you much more information or any spoilers, because a big part of what makes this movie wonderful is the journey into the unknown.
Super 8 was written and directed by J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Fringe, Mission Impossible III, Star Trek). The story was discussed in a conference between Stephen Spielberg and Abrams, and is undoubtedly an homage to Spielberg’s moviemaking in style and substance. Interestingly enough, even with Spielberg’s involvement we don’t see Dreamworks but rather Amblin Entertainment – you know, the one with ET and the boy bicycling across the moon – as the production company. Visual effects are by Industrial Light and Magic; sound effects by Skywalker Sound. Starting to sound tempting, right?
Guaranteed you will laugh to the point your soda is in danger of spewing all over the person seated in front of you. You will jump out of your chair on at least several occasions; don’t worry, everybody else will, too. Spontaneous shrieking will occur. In between all the mayhem, your heart will break for a son and a father coming to grips with the tragedy of their lives, and it will soar with Joe as he rises above the horror unleashed by the train wreck to find love and hope.
Whatever you do, don’t leave when the credits start to run. It’s a guaranteed smile – plus the music of 1979 rocks!
This movie is a bona fide brownie sundae, with whip cream and the cherry on top.
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