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Super 8

By MATTHEW SINGER
In a season of lazy cash-grab sequels and more tired comic book adaptations, Super 8 is fun and cool and genuine in the ways summer blockbusters used to be. The way movies used to be is writer-director J.J. Abrams’ entire driving principle behind the project. As you may have already heard, the film is exceptionally “Spielbergian,” right down to the use of the E.T.-referencing Amblin Entertainment logo in the opening credits. Hell, Steven Spielberg’s name is listed just below Abrams’ on the poster, as a producer. All that is cause for excitement, and much of it is justified. But as an unabashed throwback to those universal cinematic experiences of the 1970s and ’80s, it can’t actually be one of those movies, which truly presented audiences with new, thrilling visions of the world. By its very conceit, it is nothing you haven’t seen before. You just haven’t seen it recently. But you should still see Super 8. It is imperfect—Abrams occasionally trips over the thin line separating homage and cliché—but it is a movie infused with a love of the movies, and that carries it a long way.
 
  • Genres: Science fiction
  • Release Date: Friday, June 10, 2011
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: 73
  • Starring: Elle Fanning [], Kyle Chandler [], Gabriel Basso [], Joel Courtney [], Ron Eldard [], Noah Emmerich [], Riley Griffiths [], Ryan Lee [], Zach Mills [], Amanda Michalka []
  • Directed by: J.J. Abrams [Director], J.J. Abrams [Screenwriter], Steven Spielberg [Producer], J.J. Abrams [Producer], Bryan Burk [Producer], Guy Riedel [Executive Producer]
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