'Super 8' Review: Does It Live Up to the Hype?

Sally Mercedes
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Super 8 movie stillPeople! It is finally here!! Super 8, the sci-fi summer movie written and directed by J.J. Abrams (yes, the man who brought us Lost), opens this weekend. Steven Spielberg is on board as producer, and with these two together, the expectations are quite high. Super 8 is set in 1979 and is about a group of kids who discover that some very strange things are going on in their town.

There's sure to be a lot of mystery and interesting effects, but what's the verdict on the movie as a whole? Let's see how close Abrams and Spielberg come to meeting those high expectations by checking out the reviews for Super 8.

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:

But with “Super 8,” Abrams offers up a summer entertainment that appeals to the inner 13-year-old in us all, so much fun it may be even make real 13-year-olds put down their Gameboys and discover what it means to lose yourself in a movie.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

[...] "Super 8" is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

L. Thompson, E! Online:

Writer-director J.J. Abrams' muddled tribute to '80s Spielberg does indeed feature well-rounded human beings, but mostly forgets to put them in an interesting story.

Almost every review compares Super 8 to early Spielberg films, with Jurassic Park, E.T., and The Goonies (a personal favorite) all being thrown around. And, let's face it, who doesn't like at least one classic Spielberg? I mean, you can't go wrong there. On top of that, the child actors are apparently quite good, the special effects are realistic, and the story is compelling.

Sure, there are some naysayers in the crowd of critics, but let's just do what we do best and ignore them, yes? Because this movie seems to have all the makings of a summer blockbuster -- and a good one, at that!

Remember all the complaining we were doing in the winter when it was mediocre movie after mediocre movie? Well, the summer's finally here and it's time for movie magic. X-Men: First Class didn't let me down last week, and I can't wait to give Super 8 a try.

Are you excited to watch Super 8 this weekend?

 

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