Review: Super 8

Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney in Super 8.

To Spielberg, With Love

Rating: **

Super 8 stands as a hazy nostalgia to that 80s classic, Spielberg made. The film was ET and it detailed on the relationship between a boy and a lost alien. In this film, Abrams brings his stereotyped alien in the midst of a group of teenagers making an indie zombie film. And then, a train crash forms an exciting narrative hook. But, when that fails to materialize any effort in the story, Abrams brings the US Air Force and their plans to evacuate the town.

Abrams tries to bring the effect he brought upon in his earlier production, Cloverfield. But, there was something wrong with that film too. The monster appeared everywhere the group went. It was as if the monster had a GPS access of just the group. Super 8’s flaw lies in the scene where the 14-year old protagonist, Joe Lamb encounters the poorly animated alien. These kids are quite young when compared to the words they cuss.

Elle Fanning (Babel, Somewhere) appears as the saving grace for what could have been a movie with very little acting. There’s also Kyle Chandler from the TV show Friday Night Lights, who is given a few scenes to dramatize with his beady eyes. Noah Emmerich’s villainous appearance is quite nostalgic to those tough guy villains from the 80s.

With Spielberg as one of the producers, I was expecting Super 8 to be a reverie to the 80s films rather than one to his own work. Abrams has added several references to ET and Close Encounters of The Third Kind. Why oh why was the spaceship design that crappy?]

Is it just me or did anyone else notice that Joe’s locket was the missing link to the spaceship?

Super 8 impresses with its thrilling set pieces. However, that tingling sense of nostalgia will remind you of better films you’ve seen. And yes, the kids in the 80s films didn’t cuss that much.

What on earth is Holly Media?

Well, it’s a name of a company. Who’s company? Mine of course. I’m into my twenties and I know it sounds weird when you start your own company, but I’m totally into different things. I AM A CREATOR.

I was a multi-ambitious kid with nothing in my mind and everyone knew that I wasn’t going anywhere. That’s what happened and here I am, lost and still losing.

Holly Media is my company, my production company, my scripting company. I’ve made a short and a documentary till now. Probably very young to you as my company is just 6 months old.

Probably you would wonder – ‘Why Holly?’

That’s because it’s a name. Not necessarily Hollywood, but a name – a character’s name. In Die Hard, Bonnie Bedelia’s character is Holly McClane. When you see the snow-studded climax of Die Hard 2.0, you see Bruce Willis (John McClane) run around aircrafts, repeatedly calling ‘Holly!’ searching for his wife (I tried that in an audition class held in my college, the whole house applauded it). The scene was probably a toast to enticing romance.

Hillary Swank is Holly Kennedy in P.S.I Love You (one of the most influential movies, I’ve ever seen). I can state many examples but I will just keep you reading on and on. Thus, I end here. What I’ve been trying to do with a blog is to rate, review and reap movies; Hollywood Cinema mainly.

And, What is this entry of mine trying to tell you –

 

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