Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Not much about SUPER 8 will surprise movie going audiences this Friday. A Spielbergian mix of Goonies meets E.T. with an unimaginative J.J. Abrams touch that likens the film to more of a CLOVERFIELD prequel than a work all its own. The best parts of the this messy cliché are the brilliant troupe of kid actors who haphazardly become a part of something much larger than themselves. Their Stand-By-Me-ish friendship, strained by tragedy and phenomena beyond their comprehension, doesn't waiver focus from their personal adolescent hardships and ill fated feelings which threaten to tear their small world apart. Meanwhile, their actual world is being torn apart by a menacing presence embattled by a pursuing army sent to deal with it.

It's Spielberg enough to enjoy in the theatre, but J.J. Abrams enough to wait for video, or maybe a limited edition release on SUPER 8 film.

2 1/2 of 5

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