Saturday, June 11, 2011


Super 8 = INSTANT CLASSIC. A great evocation of late 70's/early 80's Beard-movie-magic with nods to countless genre staples (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Explorers, Poltergeist, The Goonies, The Monster Squad, Gremlins, and E.T. all come to mind) . Terrific cinematography from the great Larry Fong, great production design, an exhilirating score, and engaging performances from all the kids, with Elle Fanning being the obvious standout.  As silly and as outlandish as the movie gets, it always retains its heart, and that goes a long way.  This is the rare case when a movie has been overtly sentimental and I didn't have a problem with it.  At all. It's not a perfect movie but it's immediately engrossing and by the end completely satisfying.  Kyle Chandler is now a movie star, which is great.  Lots more to come...

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