Super 8 rocks!

Finally got to watch Super 8 yesterday. Being an 80s baby any movie or book that is set in the 80s is usually guaranteed to get me raving about how awesome it is.

The awesome-o-meter takes a leap higher if the movie was actually filmed in the 80s. Nothing beats the real deal obviously, unless it happens to be total crap like Dirty Dancing. And I refuse to apologise to the gazillion fans of Dirty Dancing out there.

Some of the 80s movies that make it on my awesome-o-meter hitlist: ET, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Can’t Buy Me Love, Labyrinth, Lost Boys, Risky Business. There are more, but it’s Monday and I really can’t be bothered to use too many braincells.

All the above are pure gold, you’ll agree – and if you don’t agree you can get off this blog right now. At least for anyone who grew up with the above flicks (love that word, it’s so 80s) for company. Obviously Super 8 isn’t quite the real deal but it comes close enough. I promise not to give away any spoilers but hell! J.J. Abrams actually managed to insert a walkman in the script. You don’t get much more geeky-cool than that.

The movie ticked all the right boxes for me. I won’t bother to give you the plot summary, but this much I’ll reveal: there’s the goofy, fun 70s/80s soundtrack, there’s The Stand By Me/Goonies vibe as the story is told from the point of view of a group of friends, there’s the vintage feel, there’s the actual Super 8 filming moments and there’s a plotline that – while not the most original ever – is pretty entertaining.

Verdict: Spielberg and Abrams for the win.

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  1. Alaina Mabaso says:

    E.T.?? I’m also a child of the 80’s and that movie scarred me for life:
    http://alainamabaso.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/the-truth-about-e-t/

    I made my husband watch Labyrinth for the first time, but he didn’t get the magic. When I was in college we used to watch in the dorm all the time and we were always in stitches over David Bowie’s songs with the goblins.

    Must say, I didn’t like Super 8 much. I totally bought into the whole marketing campaign and thought it would be awesome. I thought it was great that the trailers, unlike all other trailers, made a point of not revealing the critter. The sequence with the train crash was pretty amazing. And for the first segment of the movie, I did enjoy the clear “Stand By Me” vibe (have you read the original novella? it’s amazing), but from there I thought the whole thing devolved into a trite, sappy heap of cliche. But the kids in the movie did give really good performances.

    • Aaah what a shame! I really enjoyed it even though the plot was predictable :) But as for movies that scared our childhood I think I’ll go with Gremlins and not with E.T. Believe it or not, that was marketed as a kids’ movie in Malta. The cinema was full of crying kids…

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