Saw Super 8
earlier tonight with the wife and enjoyed it. As I posted on Twitter/Facebook, I'm very glad I saw it but I don't necessarily need to see it again. IIRC, some folks were talking about a twist, but what twist were they talking about? The fact that the alien was actually just trying to go home and had only been turned "bad" by the military
? If so, there's nothing really twist-y about that; it strikes me as a pretty standard genre convention.
Some other thoughts:
1) Loved all of the kids in the film and felt like most of them were given moments to shine, not just the two leads. I like it when a movie is generous like that.
2) The scene where the two main kids are in the bedroom, watching Super 8 footage of the mom, just about killed me because I started thinking of what my kids would do were they to (God forbid) lose their mother.
3) After the movie, my wife mentioned that she hadn't been prepared for how uncertain she felt as to the "type" of movie she was watching. Is it an alien film? A first love/crush movie? A film about a father and son? That's not to say that she disliked that about the movie, and in fact, that was one of the things that I liked the most.
4) Our favorite scene in the movie was when the kids were rehearsing the scene at the train station. Alice is running through her big emotional speech to her "husband" and in the background, you can see one of the other kids mouthing words into the payphone. Just cracked us up.
5) The movie's weakest link was the father. It's not that I think the father was unsympathetic or anything, but I'm not sure if the movie knew what to do with him. One minute, he's crying in the bathroom, the next he's a harsh authoritarian figure, the next he's a hardcore action hero knocking out military guards. Just felt off to me.
6) I've come to enjoy movies that depict loud, boisterous families, and so I enjoyed the scenes that took place at the Kaznyk household. True, it was over the top, what with all of the yelling and screaming, the rebellious teenage daughter, etc. And yet... I liked how the movie hinted at how much the main character wanted something like that as opposed to the sterility, coldness, and distance of his home.
Edited by opus, 17 June 2011 - 11:12 PM.