6 August 2011
2011, 112mins, 12
Director: J.J. Abrams
Writer: J.J. Abrams
Cast includes: Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Noah Emmerich, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths
UK Release Date: 5th August 2011
Presented as an ode to the Amblin features of old, “Super 8” quickly establishes itself as one of the summer’s best blockbusters. The screenplay isn’t perfect but director J.J. Abrams manages to instill into “Super 8” the same filmmaking qualities that the very best Spielberg flicks are characterized by, namely the balancing of affecting characterization and excitable action sequences. Abrams guides a talented young cast through a mysterious and at times thrilling plotline, only occasionally falling foul to small scripting missteps. “Super 8” is a classy charmer and a heartfelt celebration of what it means to be a filmmaker.
A Review by Daniel Kelly, 2011