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I wasn't sure what to expect going into this movie. It wasn't that I hadn't tried to find out what was going on, but most, if not all the reviews I encountered did not say much, if at all, other than this was a good movie.

Having had a few days to mull things over, I would have to agree that this a good movie. It was probably the best movie I've seen since the year started.

Thing is, if I hadn't been born in the 1970s this might not have resonated with me as much. Let me explain... the movie tries to get the feel of movies from that era.

One immediately noticeable effect is lighting, specifically, lens flare. However, unlike Star Trek in which it was blinding, Abrams actually got it right this time, reproducing the look of a film from the 1970s. The other effect that mimicked movies from this time was the shifting in focus from background to foreground, where the aspect ratio changes for a brief moment.

I remember walking out of the theater and overhearing a woman say to her husband, "This is a movie starring kids that isn't for kids." In some ways, I'd have to agree. And I have to add that all the child actors were very good--Elle Fanning especially.

One of the reasons that I think this isn't a movie for kids is that it is about children, one child in particular, forced to grow up far sooner than he should have.



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If I had to sum this movie up (and this has gone on far longer than I intended), it is the anti-E.T. the Extraterrestrial movie. Take the wonder and joy and replace it with melancholy and bowel-loosening terror.

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It was a very good and well made movie. I especially liked the dialog of all the children, because they actually talked with each other the way kids really talk with each other. I especially loved the small kid who was into fireworks and guns. I knew that kid.

My only complaint was with the alien. He was a bit too 'Cloverfield-ish' for my taste.

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My only complaint was with the alien. He was a bit too 'Cloverfield-ish' for my taste.
Thats what I was afraid of when I saw the previews and whats put me off seeing this movie. I hated Cloverfeild, thought is was one of the worse movies I've ever seen... not seen anything yet to convince me different of Super 8.
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Thats what I was afraid of when I saw the previews and whats put me off seeing this movie. I hated Cloverfeild, thought is was one of the worse movies I've ever seen... not seen anything yet to convince me different of Super 8.
I can't even watch Cloverfield. I've tried twice and have gotten motion-sick from the shaky-cam shooting technique twice. The thing about the alien is that you don't actually see much of it for the majority of the movie. I would encourage you to check out Super 8 because everything else is that good.

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I disagree about it not being for kids. I think it's one of those films you could watch as a kid and really enjoy, but you can also watch 5-10 years later and enjoy it on a whole other level.

In that respect I thought it was great. The kids in the film were excellent, and they completely carried the film. For a big budget picture with some really good cinematography and FX work, the kids characters were always the most compelling screen presence, and deservedly so.

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I hated Cloverfeild, thought is was one of the worse movies I've ever seen... not seen anything yet to convince me different of Super 8.
This is the only gripe I really have with the film - the marketing strategy (at least in the UK). From all i've seen so far it's being pushed as a very hush-hush, sci-fi monster movie from the director of cloverfield.

Now, I quite enjoyed cloverfield, but Super 8 is a very different (better) film and deserves to reach a wider audience. I'm sure it'll still do very well, but I hope the marketing campaign won't stop people seeing a great film.


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