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Super 8

For the third week in a row I was able to take in an opening night release. Though summer doesn’t start until the solstice on the twenty-first, it feels as though it’s already here with my mission to cover this year’s blockbusters fully underway.

Last week I was left a wanting fanboy with First Class; and rescued shortly after by the brilliance of Midnight in Paris. This weekend kicked off properly with Super 8. Equipped with great company, enjoyed on an IMAX screen, and enhanced by the guest services provided by the people of Cineplex… it all made for a memorable Friday night.

This morning I pitched the merits of this film to Dreamland guru Chris Elliott. While he worked to digest my allusive speech he asked me an intriguing question: “What would you do to be a kid again?” I replied, “nothing.” My supporting argument was that I believed happiness not to be fueled by the laissez-faire spoils of childhood, but rather the inspiring aromas of unrepentant romance. However, as I’ve had a few hours to think about it I’m reminded that falling in love is not an event that is age specific.

No, in seeing J.J Abrams script acted out by two outstanding young talents I saw that love can be shared by two hearts of any age. Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning were not only able to keep me watching, they kept me caring (and that is more important). I felt myself genuinely wanting life to go their way so they could finally enjoy a happily ever after… together.

Chemistry aside you are bound to hear from those that see and love this film that it feels like a modern day Goonies. Without question it does. Spielberg worked on both projects and his faith in producing another 80’s adventure is bound to pay off again. Proof of this point will be found in the lives of today’s children. If they relate to and infinitely re-watch it like my generation did Goonies than Spielberg’s legacy will not only contain more coins for the coffers, it will have also led history to repeat itself.

However, that is what you’ll hear other people say. Those are points other people perceptive enough will watch play out. This is my life at the movies and you know that means it comes with angles only covered by me. I put my life into this blog and live it out every time I go the theater. I enjoy the experience as a whole, but there are moments more memorable than others, and this was one of them. This is American cinema in all its splendor. Boy meets girl and saves the world.

Such fantastical romance as this is forever central to, “My Life at the Movies.”



  • Anonymous

    I obviously have to see this movie.  I grew up to Spielberg and it’s safe to say I support JJ since day one, hour one and preached his merits to those around me even when they wouldnt listen.

    Glad you liked it!

    • Anonymous

      Loved it… and I know you of all people will as well.

  • MRcromanic

    like I said, a modern Goonies

  • Chris Elliott

    When you first described this movie as a ‘modern movie, filmed like an 80′s movie’ I instantly knew what you meant and i was intrigued even more. It was movies like ET and The Goonies that paved the way for this movie and that just makes it even more appealing to me.

    I’m also very curious to see what Elle Fanning has to bring to the table. If she’s anything like her big sister, she too, will have a bright career. Great write up dude. Slime!

    • Anonymous

      Elle Fanning, if she keeps this pace up, will surpass her sisters legacy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    i loved this movie!!

  • Anonymous

    I went into this one with no prior knowledge except that JJ Abrams had made an ode to all things Spielberg. I was surprised at just how much I loved it – easily my favorite of the summer so far (Thor’s fallen to #2) and possibly one of my favorite summer movies of all time. Mint! Awesome review, too – not how I looked at it, but great perspective on the story. Joe was so cute, I just want to give him a hug.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, him and Elle are absolutely adorable. I do want to hear what your take on the flick was. One of the elements I didn’t have time and space to go into was how the film was a mash-up of Spielbergian children facing an Abrams monster. I though that was Super cool ;)

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