Director JJ Abram's fantasy-adventure Super 8 is an original story and a high-profile movie in 2-D. This popcorn entertainment is all about the riveting, coming-of-age, sci-fi, adventure, buddy, young love, conspiracy. Its special effects are state-of-the-art, but are not used gratuitously.
Abrams' script operates according to a predictable rhythm. The movie cobbles together dozens of movie references but not enough of the emotionalism. The director brings an element of biography to Super 8 by exploding onto the scene in the late '70s and early '80s.
Super 8 is set in 1979 and has been shot full of this kind of pop-cult arcana. This also allows for a dose of well-earned nostalgia when it comes to music, clothing, attitudes and technology. The movie contains several of the ideas that populate of Spielberg’s family orientated films. But it is a little faster, sharper, and edgier than Spielberg's movies.