Stand by E.T.

Super 8 was a big mystery before its release. Then it turned out to be a more intense ripoff of E.T. Well I wouldn’t say ripoff, but there are similarities. In fact, it seems like the “genre” of a group of kids encountering something supernatural is always being imitated. Super 8 also follows a group of kids. These particular kids are trying to film a movie on a super 8 millimeter camera (hence the title). The supernatural thing they encounter is a bit of a surprise, but I’m sure you can put two and two together. It’s also set in the 70’s, so there is a nostalgia factor. This is the first and so far only original J.J. Abrams movie. I saw it in theaters because it looked interesting. The final product is a bit of a mixed bag. It’s certainly thrilling enough and the kids are likable (though I think they swear too much). The only problem with Super 8 is the fact that I’m reminded of better movies with a similar premise. Not to mention the fact that Stranger Things came along. While Super 8 may not be the best, there is still a lot to enjoy. I recommend it.

Super 8

Joe (left) makes a movie with his friends

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