It’s damn hard to capture the spirit of adolescence on film. Extremely important in our lives, it’s an easy thing to rush, whether the child actors who stumble on the complicated dialogue or a filmmaker who returns to the past with rose-colored glasses. But when a writer and / or instructor is able to capture the incredible mixture of emotions that comes with experience with young people, it can be beautiful. While JJ Abrams has created a perfect Super 8 film, it captured the essence of growth and mixed it with a compelling, action-packed, sci-fi tale, as a tribute to the classics of the genre, without ever losing its spark of originality.
Set in 1979, the film begins with Joe (Joel Courtney) in the match – his mother died in an accident at the plant, and his relationship with his father as Shellshocked (Kyle Chandler) has become more distant and broken in the months spends most of his time with his friends (Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, Elle Fanning), a film as low-budget zombie to enter a local festival. After secretly at night to film a scene at the train station nearby, children exposed to derail a train carrying a valuable cargo of Air Force and mysterious. They are warned by a survivor of the accident did not tell anyone what they saw, only to suddenly discover their city plagued by unexplained events, a strong military presence and, worst of all, people disappear.
Conquering the risks arising largely teenage cast, Abrams has assembled a number of players who are very excellent. Although Courtney is, of course, band leader, and put in a show impressive and mature as a young actor, a member of the group is a joy to watch and have my own little whim that prevents them from just part of the amorphous clusters. Lee – who plays for the explosion enthusiasts firebug – is a great source of comedy and offers some of the best movie lines, and Griffiths, crew leader, and the best friend of Joe, is a fascinating, in his role as Charles motivated by bravado gives way to influence the vulnerability of a later date. These people come together brilliantly when grouped together, each one of its best features have been added to interact with others.
Although the film is a tribute to the determination of the early works by Steven Spielberg and movies like The Goonies and Stand By Me, a young ensemble cast to help independently.
The lens flares constant threat to go on the road, but the Super 8 of truly exceptional sports photography. While action films in recent years have developed a terrible habit of shooting very close, leaving the details to understand and fall by the wayside, Abrams was always impeccably placed the camera, allowing the public to have full scope of the film. The train accident itself a sequence to keep the mouth open five minutes after the fall of the last car. The quality extends to the quieter moments as well. The scenes between Joe and his father and Alice (Fanning), Joe crush, Abrams and his camera to take the tension, awkwardness, or the distance between the characters and understand them before a word is pronounced. After dealing with two action films of all their first two films, Abrams has problems with this project and handles the dramatic scenes as talented as those loaded with explosions and contraction of the metal.
But while the performances and direction are stellar, the movie has some pretty big holes in the narrative. Super 8 is a real tribute to the classic Spielberg, but Abrams digs for the same emotional resonance that we find in JAWS and ET, he and the audience discovers too late that it does not exist here. As we follow the broken relationship between Joe and his father of the first stage, the audience never really given any closure, the public is to be discharged after the end of the film that everything has been patched. The reverse applies to the conflict between Joe and Charles, which creates an interesting arc of their relationship, but it will solve it quickly and without sufficient reason. The biggest movie mistake, but come for a while sentimental at the end where Abrams reveals that determination of the personality of a central character in an attempt to evoke feelings, which instead fall flat.
Super 8 is driven by ambition, and above all it is an asset but Abrams did not bite off more than he can chew on some crucial areas.
As the end is imperfect, the Super 8 is essentially a wonderful experience that combines exceptional performance film, the edge of your seat thrills and an excellent camera. Despite being in the middle of 40, JJ Abrams has advanced in the universal sense of youth and captures the spirit of an era in a way that makes the audience nostalgic, but never emotionally manipulated. For a movie that does not meet your expectations ridiculously high, it remains the win.