June 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm #9189
I saw "Super 8" last Saturday morning at a local theater. I loved it…I know JJ Abrams wrote it and directed it but there are places that have Spielberg's fingerprints all over it. When you see it, you will see what I mean.
There are some very parallel Jaws scenes in it…some of the family scenes are setup exactly like the home scenes were in Jaws…one of the character's name is Martin…there is a "Martin…you ok? …Martin?"…just like in Jaws where brody has reloaded his pistol right before the shooting star scene.
The 70's cars and clothing, hairstyles are dead on…it appears that they added "film grain" to give it a more 70's look.
My only gripe is that I don't think it finished strong…the first third of the movie is nothing short of sensational….a wonderful job developing the characters, then you kind of wonder why they went to all that trouble because the last third of the movie is a bit disappointing. Abrams actually makes the mistake that Spielberg did not in Jaws…he shows us too much of the "shark" (in this case an alien)…it was very intense when you couldn't see it…but once you do the movie takes a turn for the worse…
There was so much potential here for this to be a 5 star movie if they had continued with the human relationship elements….but "Hollywood" busted in and took over and steered it in a different direction.
I will go see it again just to look at the background scenery and great 1970's cars…June 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm #9190
I am not sure weather or not I'll go see this movie but I will say this. I do admire the decision [weather it was the director's ,producer's or whomever] to set the film in the 70s.The reason why I like this is because this is a creative decision rather than an economic one. You just now that some executive wanted it to just be set in modern times give the kids cell phones I Pods and computers and all that so todays young viewers can "Relate". Who knows I might see this film and think it sucks but I do like the fact that creativity won over economics. I just know George Lucas would set it in modern times because he has no artistic integrity.I don't know weather or not I would want a Jaws remake but if one was ever made I have always felt that it should still be set in the 70's. I think if you have a movie about shark attacks set in modern times it might loose some of it's credibility with the knowledge and technology we have today. A small coastal town or island 40 years ago sounds a hell of a lot more vulnerable than a modern coastal cityJune 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm #9191
I saw Super 8 on Friday evening and while I thought it was fun- I certainly was not overwhelmed by the movie. It almost seemed as if there were two movies in one- and the director felt that if he did not hit with one (the kids directing / falling in love / coming of age, etc.) that he might hit with another (a special effects monster action movie). I think that it was a bit too much for one movie and the two stories did not always fit together. I understand that it was sort of a "the blob" take off meets "the goonies" type of thing- but, I came away with mixed views. Fun, but flawed in my opinion. But, I did love some of the throwbacks to the 70s spread throughout the movie- i.e. matchgame being played in the background in one scene, the kid with fireworks (I had friends just like him who looked like him!). Anyway, if you want an entertaining movie that revisits the 70s- go see Super 8. But, there is really nothing new in the movie. I wish they would come up with some new ideas and make this next decade one that future movie producers would also like to revisit.August 3, 2011 at 4:45 am #9789
johnmartin12MemberAugust 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #9811
Ya know my FAVORITE part of Super 8? It lasts about 1/10th of a second so you have to be quick, but when the kids are watching TV, they pan across the room and the kid up by the TV has a box of Pillsbury Space Food Sticks…OH MY GAWD THOSE WHERE GOOD!!!! I miss them terribly.
This whole movie tugged at my nostalgia strings, in a good way.August 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm #9819
I found that film quite enjoyable. Then i watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and it was the same movie….almost.
Super 8 is great though. JJ Abrams is a bad man! or Robot i should say!
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