Super 8 Review
Resist the Urge to Spoil Super 8
It’s not often that a movie comes along that allows you to experience the same joy and enthusiasm for the movies that you watched as a kid. I have seen a lot of movies. I’m jaded, so it takes a special kind of movie to make me feel like a kid again. Super 8 is a special kind of movie. I felt some of the same joy I had for movies I watched as a kid like the Goonies (also produced by Stephen Spielberg).
Back in the day (let’s call it pre-Internet), you went to the movies with little more information than what was in the trailer or on the movie poster. Now, you can find out all of the secrets a movie has to offer on the Internet. It’s instant gratification without really being that gratifying. Writer/director J.J. Abrams believes in the value of mystery. Yes, he sometimes takes it too far. His insistence on showing little, if anything that might give an idea of what Super 8 is about almost sunk the movie. A late marketing push managed to salvage a decent $35 million opening weekend. However, Abrams heart is in the right place. He wants the viewer who plunks down good money for a movie to witness a spectacle. He wants to tell you a story without you already knowing all of the twists and turns in the plot. Of course, this requires a level of trust. The audience must have the faith in the creators to be willing to pay good money to go on a ride they know little about. J.J. Abrams has earned my trust.
So, what’s Super 8 about? A group of kids thrust into extraordinary circumstances go on an adventure to solve a great mystery. That’s all I’m going to tell you. I’m sure you could go read 100 reviews that will reveal key pieces of the plot. You could go on forums and find spoiler after spoiler that will give you every twist and turn in the movie. I’m guessing someone has probably already posted the screenplay or at least a transcript for you to download. Please don’t do any of those things. Part of the joy in going to the movies is being surprised. Is Super 8 perfect? No, but J.J. Abrams delivers a delightful, exciting, joyride of an adventure story. Resist all urges to spoil the movie for yourself and give J.J. a chance to work his magic.