Welcome to the inaugural review by local movie buff, Susan Steen, who enjoys nothing better than spending time in a dark theatre watching movies of all genres. Her ratings will be out of five ‘reels’.
First, let me put your minds at ease right from the start. Super 8, the movie, has no relation to the motel of the same name. And while it’s a Steven Spielberg production, it’s not E.T. revisited.
Oddly, it was not a movie to which a young crowd seemed to flock, at least not on the night I attended, and to a degree that might have been be a good thing.
Super 8 is not for very young children, even though the main characters are in fact children themselves.
Given the previews, you might expect to see a basic sci-fi/alien movie, but Super 8 is a movie within a movie.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to call Super 8 a “coming of age film,” I would say it is rich in dealing with relationships—father and son, father and daughter, finding friendsh—all through the eye of a camera, rolling for a movie of another genre.
The moments of fear and levity, coupled with dazzling and spectacular special effects, make Super 8 watchable and memorable. You will talk about this one after you see it.
The characters portrayed by this young cast are believable and interesting—Joe (Joel Courtney), Cary (Ryan Lee), Preston (Zach Mills), Charles (Riley Griffith), Martin (Gabriel Brasso) and Alice (Elle Fanning) each give solid and effortless performances.
One sees real star power in Elle Fanning, and no wonder, given the family traits already seen in her sister Dakota.
It’s a bit of a bummer (well, not a bummer like it’s a bummer that no one seems to be wearing lip liner anymore) that the ending is rushed and somewhat anti-climactic.
And in true Spielberg fashion, we tell one more alien to go home. Will we ever ask them to stay? Maybe we already have, if I think back to a couple of ex-husbands…but I digress.
Let’s leave that for the next alien flick.
I forewarn you to stay to the very end while the credits roll, to get one last taste of the film’s charm and real purpose.
The best Super 8 movie quote was by Charles (Riley Griffith): “I haven’t leaned out yet.” (You’ll get it when you see the movie.)
While Bridesmaids has been out a while, if you haven’t seen it yet, and don’t mind some sex scenes and bad language, take a fun friend and spend the money.
It truly is a funny, funny movie that will keep you laughing all the way to the end.
Just remember, don’t take your mom or your boyfriend. Take your best friend and be prepared to laugh out loud.
Susan Steen is a local non-profit executive and movie buff.