Release Date: June 10, 2011
Directed by J.J. Abrams
SUPER 8 Review
My review and re-cut of the film
December 5, 2011
by Troy Turner
I really love J. J. Abrams films. Add in Steven Spielberg
and you have pure cinema magic! SUPER 8 is beautifully filmed by Larry Fong, with an absolutely wonderful music score by Michael Giacchino, and excellent performances by Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, and Riley Griffiths.
The SFX were incredible! And don't get me wrong, I love the lens flares. They're beautiful. They're just a little overdone and somewhat distracting.
SUPER 8 is the story of, well actually it's two stories. The first story is about a group of kids making a movie with a super 8 film camera. The second story is about an alien being held by the US Government and what happens
when the alien escapes. Unfortunately, the story lines are at odds with one another, competing for your attention. Just as you are getting into one storyline, it abruptly stops and the second storyline starts up.
This repeats over and over all the way to the end of the film. At first,
just a little annoying, but as the film progresses it becomes increasingly hard to care about the two competing storylines.
As I watched the film on my home theater, I got an idea. What if I ignored one of the storylines? How would the movie play out?
What if I re-edited the film? Took out most of the second storyline. Could it be done? What would it look like?
It plays pretty well. Slimming down the film to mainly encompass the kids-making-a-movie-on-super-8-film storyline, looks great! See for yourself.
Check out my commentary re-edit of the film. It's how I think the film should have played. I also have another cut, one with a not-so-happy-ending. But I like this one better.