Blind Film Critic Tommy Edison reviews “Super 8”. He expected the film to be very visual, but it turned out to have a good story with well-performed characters. Plus, Tommy talks about the soundtrack and tries to scare the crap out of us with examples of ‘movie suspense tricks’ they use with the help of sound. Watch the video to find out how Tommy rates the movie!
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SUPER 8 review [no spoilers] – Blind Film Critic – It’s Not All Visual
“Super 8” (2011)
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills
Director: J.J. Abrams / Screenwriter: J.J. Abrams
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
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SUPER 8 – TRANSCRIPT
Wow, Super 8! A movie about a hotel chain. Cool!
Walking out of this one, I was going, “Wow, this is a lot different than I expected. I expected it was going to be way, way more visual than it was.
The character development was fantastic. The kids were all great.
(clip – Joe: I have to help Charles finish his movie.)
Joel Courtney is Joe. He’s the lead kid in this movie. He is wonderful.
(clip – Charles: Production value!)
Riley Griffiths is Charlie. He plays the goofy kid real well. Got a lot of heart to him. Very believable.
Kyle Chandler was Joe’s father, and I gotta tell you —
(clip – Joe’s father: You tell me everything.)
A little disappointing. The rest of the adults in this movie had a lot more depth.
(clip – Alice: How am I supposed to be a zombie?)
Elle Fanning as Alice. She’s terrific. She brings a lot of maturity to this performance.
The way they use suspense in this one is fantastic. I mean they do this thing, right, where everything gets real quite and you’re totally drawn into the sto–
(clip – loud attacking sound)
Yeah, I know, we’ve seen this trick a million times, but who cares? I mean, they really know how —
(clip – car crashes through train gate)
The pop music is real nice in this movie too. I mean, it’s exactly 1979. They use “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO. Blondie doing “Heart of Glass”. How about a little Chic in there too!
So this movie is all about finally revealing the monster – showing to you what it looks like. But when you get right down to it, it doesn’t really matter. It’s more about what it does and why it does it. That’s how the reveal works when you can’t see the movie.
So, for Super 8, I’m giving it 3 out of 4 eyes open. All in all, a fun little ride.
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I’m Tommy Edison, the Blind Film Critic.
Wow, Super 8. What’s the prequel? Motel 6?
“Super 8” Trailer 1 (2011)
“Super 8” Trailer 2 (2011)