Super 8 was well-written and engaging. We are left in suspense, wondering what this creature is, running around town and causing havoc. However in the end, you may find yourself siding with the creature. Unlike most monster movies, there is generally very little explanation as to what it is, why it is and what it is. Often with "monster movies," there tends to be a singular goal of destroying whatever creature invades. However, this is not the case with Super 8. It takes a step away from the norm and eventually reveals everything to you about the creature and its purpose.
The young actors do a great job in their roles. Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) is wrestling with the recent death of his mother. Charles (Riley Giffiths) tries to help Joe by keeping him busy with the movie he is directing; Along with his other friends, Preston (Zach Mills), Martin (Gabriel Basso) and Cary (Ryan Lee) who feels like a young Michael Bay with his infatuation with explosives and fireworks. There is also a love interest they invite along to be in their movie, Alice (Elle Fanning), who does an exceptional job in her role. She is very convincing and shows she has a bright future in acting.
Overall the movie was very enjoyable and I think it works well for both an older and younger audience. Some scenes may be a bit intense for younger kids, though a bit of parental guidance should have no problem dealing with it. All in all I would definitely recommend seeing Super 8. It’s a fun film and good for the whole family.
Super 8 is in theatres now. It is rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi action, violence and some drug use.