Monday, June 13, 2011

Super 8: A Good One #91

It's true. I went out to the theater and saw a movie crowds of people might want to watch.

I survived.

Originally wrapped in secrecy, Super 8 is a exceedingly well-crafted boy's adventure tale by J.J. Abrams in the vein of the exceedingly well-crafted boy's adventure tales by Steven Spielberg of the 70's and 80's, and while Spielberg 'merely' produces here, his influence is all over this picture. From the characterization, the slowly building tension, the clever distractions, the effective pacing, the sense of wonder in the actors' faces, the graceful ballet-like tracking shots, the attention to detail, the accurate sense of time and place, and the charming lack of cynicism; you'll see multiple homages to Spielberg's films. Excellent.
Here's the trailer:

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