What would happen if you combined E.T. with Cloverfield? Well, you’d get Super 8 which is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. While it wasn’t horrific, Super 8 certainly doesn’t live up to the hype and this is mainly due to the fact that the styles of Abrams and Spielberg just don’t mix well here.
Set in a very realistic 1979, Super 8 tries to act serious most of the time, but then interjects some rather unbelievable elements such as an extremely drawn-out train crash which is much too over the top. Also, the entire story is based around something so improbable and underdeveloped that it is almost funny. Don’t expect to be scared and don’t expect to find much in the way of a decent science fiction storyline.
Yes, the special effects are great, but they aren’t enough to give this film substance. In the end, I’d say Super 8 would have been much better if Abrams and Spielberg weren’t working together. You can clearly see where they each tried to make their mark on the film and the outcome was an unorganized mess. Sometimes you just can’t have the best of both worlds.
But then again, maybe you loved it, so let me know what you think.