Moving forward with our list of movies to see, me and the familia saw Super 8 this past Sunday. We caught the noon matinee.
I liked it.
From the creative use of lights, lens flares (an irritating filter on the past Star Trek reboot film) and sweeping low angle camera jib shots that reveal to a wonderfully lit populated neighborhood with rows and rows of houses. To the bright innocent eyes of children (cast) who seemed to be the only ones that knew what the heck was going on.
It’s a period movie, set in the late 70’s and oh man, did I have some major flashbacks. I can’t remember how many times I looked over at my wife and mouthed the words, “Oh Man…!”
We both loved the music and even though I was probably a bit older than the children in the movie, I associated so much with them. Seeing a lot of the props (to which I’ve provided links) or memorabilia from:
- The models — one kid had a Darth Vader Tie-Fighter hanging from the ceiling like me
- The Testor paints – I’d use when I built my models
- The electronic football game — jeez I wish I had kept that
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon figure
- The Rotary phones!
There was so much “period stuff” that I probably will see more when I see it again.
God I’m dating myself…
Then there was the fact these kids were shooting a film on a Super 8 camera with Kodak film..and it was about Zombies!
I never had a Super 8 camera but our then boyfriend (now my Brother-in-Law) of my older sister did. I helped him film a movie called, StarGuard. A parody of the Star Wars fever back then. I’ll have to find that and post some screen shots later. The kid cast as the director in the film was hilarious!
“Production Value!” – made me laugh every time he screamed that.
I enjoyed the movie because it showed how a talented director can take a story that was a bit predictable — and get me totally engrossed in it. It helps that Michael Giacchino scored the film too — he does a lot of Abrams movies/shows.
It so reminded me of E.T. Stick around during the credits – you won’t be disappointed.
I’m going to buy it on Blu Ray when it comes out.