Sometimes a new flick is labeled 'great' based on the credentials of its producer rather than the movie's standalone qualities; however, in this case, they were right. As I sit here trying to think of something to write about this movie that you have not read on the papers yet, I can only think of one thing to say: "they don't make films like Super 8 anymore".
Take away Spielberg's signature special effects and alien presence and you will still get that ever so alusive backbone moral lesson and feel good factor. You will jump out of your skin, cry, bite your nails and laugh, but more importantly it will make you think. No. Not about a possible alien invasion or what the government is hiding from us, but about the kids, their families and the underlying drama revolving around them. The fact that there is an alien on the loose almost becomes irrelevant in comparison with the father daughter/son struggle, losing a loved one, falling in love for the first time, finding your feet with your peers and fighting for what you believe is right. All seasoned with a good dose of 'nothing is what you think' and 'give the guy a break'. Absolutely brilliant! Add Steven Spielberg and you are in cinema heaven.
Although in the UK this is marked as a certificate 12A, it's a little more violent than E.T., equality if not more scary and there is a good amount of swearing and drug orientated remarks, so I would not advice you take a 12 year-old who is a little more innocent than streetwise to watch it. Some 12A movies you can get away with letting younger children watch, but this one would give them nightmares. Having said that, there is nothing obscene or graphic so it's not that bad. I loved it.
Film Rating: *****
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