Super 8: Film #61 of Film 365

Wednesday 17th August 2011

Director: J.J Abrams
Year: 2011
Stars: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Riely Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard

When I first saw a trailer for Super 8, I was really keen to see it. It made the movie look like it had good characters, a decent plot, and plenty of enjoyable scenes. Then I read a couple of reviews. Now, don't get me wrong, the reviews were positive. But they did mention that all the great characterisation that happens in the first half of the movie is lost to bigger, better alien scenes in the second half of the movie.

The reviews aren't wrong, but it's not as depressing as it sounds. Those alien scenes are needed, or this could just have descended into another Lost - good characterisation meaning you actually care about the characters, and then a big fat pile of nothing when you realise there's no decent ending. Thankfully, that doesn't happen here. The second half does include some cheesy scenes, but these don't feel so bad because you really do like, and care about, almost every character in Super 8 (and certainly all the ones you are supposed to).

Rating: 4 out of 5

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