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Film director and screenwriter. Cinephile since birth. Director of DREAMS OF THE WAYWARD (2013). Film Studies MA student at Columbia University.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Film Review: "Super 8" (2011) directed by J.J. Abrams 4.5/5

SPOILER FREE:
If you have ever made a movie (some of us), thought about making a movie (most of us), or seen a movie (everyone), then you should see this film. Directed/written by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, this film is almost a dream-come-true for anyone who loved "Jaws" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" (and any film that was released in the 1970s), or anyone who had a childhood.
With a fantastic cast of young kid-actors, this movie is an enjoyable film that is filled with adventure, suspense, joy/sorrow, and a few genuinely scary moments. The characters do not feel contrived, and have strong traits that allow for immediate connections with all of the wide cast!
Watching the movie, I truly felt that I was watching my own childhood (and that's the power of Spielberg).
The movie is believable, and feels familiar (in a nostalgic sense), but is certainly like nothing else.
I, personally, would love to see it again!

My ranking: 4.5/5 stars

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