Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super 8

Lots of secrecy surrounding this one, and far be it from me to spoil anything here, especially on opening weekend for the movie, so this will be short and sweet. Besides, I'm sure you all have your minds made up as to whether or not you're going to see it anyway, and all I would really be doing is adding to the already very present love-fest for it. I will say that if you look at the creative minds behind it, you will know exactly what kind of treat you're in for. JJ Abrams is the master of giving you just enough to pique interest but keeping you guessing, and Steven Spielberg is the master of making movies that make you feel like a kid again.

Super 8 is good. It's very good. The first hour or so is fantastic in fact, for those of us old enough to remember what being a kid was like in the late 70's to mid 80's, it's a welcome throwback to then. It reminded me of being 5 years old and watching Close Encounters for the fist time. I hate to use the word "magic" but I can't think of any better word to use either. I honestly wish I could have this much fun watching every movie that I sat down to see.

I should mention here, that prior to going in, I had no clue as to the runtime of this movie. I normally check things like that so I have an idea as to where I am in the movie at any given time, but I was so adamant about knowing as little as possible that I never even looked. I assumed at least two hours, and I was wrong. Surprisingly, Super 8 only runs about an hour and 43 minutes, which wouldn't be a big deal except that so much time is spent with the first two acts, that just when things start to go down, the movie is over. I literally sat there and said "that's it?". I feel like the final act could've used another 20 or 30 minutes to develop.

Still, I highly recommend everyone checking out Super 8. Especially for those of us who grew up on movies like The Monster Squad, Goonies, and Stand By Me. The first 2/3 of the movie will make you feel like a kid again, and the last 1/3 isn't bad at all, it just felt a bit rushed to me. It's still one of the best movies I've seen in a while, and is an experience I think almost anyone will enjoy. Just know that if you're primarily going into it hoping for a great creature feature, you will probably be a little disappointed.


Drake Sigar said...

I might check it out if it’s that short. Starting to get fed up of the two and a half hour runtime every movie thinks they need to have since Lord of the friggin’ Rings.

Jay Amabile said...

I saw Super 8 yesterday and love it. We need more movies like this!