Coppola will be bringing the film to this year’s Comic Con.
Review: Super 8
JJ Abrams successfully pastiches classic Spielberg with thrilling flare (and not just lens flare*). Super 8 delivers a revived sense of movie magic, that despite the recent onslaught of super hero capers and tent poles, has been vacant from multiplexes. Oh, big budget action movies are supposed to have heart? I think I remember that. Oh, and they’re supposed to wow you with cool, new ideas and creativity? Go figure. Consider it something you didn’t realize you missed until you got it back.
The father/son dynamic while given the old college try is a bit lacking. One or two more establishing scenes between these two central characters could have gone a long way. To this end, first timer Joel Courtney, though a cute face, is somewhat flat. Good thing then that the rest of the child ensemble around him is brilliant - especially Elle Fanning who is nothing short of a revelation.
Super 8 is a fun, whole experience worth seeing in a theater on the big screen. And while it never transcends to blow-you-away genius (like Inception or even District 9) it holds its own as a glorious reminder of the magic of cinema and the innocence of a bygone era.
*Though he does love his lens flare.