Saturday, June 4, 2011

Super 8

My cousin (we’ll call her Leann) and I just went to the screening of Super 8. It was hi-larious…but a tad violent. Let me go ahead and put this out there. Moms, if you’re thinking of taking your child to see this movie please go see it without them first.

Now, having said that, I loved this movie. The blood did kind of gross me out but it only lasted for a few seconds and didn’t ruin the rest of the film for me. The movie trailers did a nice job for once of not giving away the entire movie. And I promise I won’t either.

It is described on IMDB as follows:

“In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.”

Sorry. I’m going to make fun of a description again. I’m kind of curious about how many non-catastrophic train wrecks there have been. Even if they’re minor, something gets damaged. And the friends didn’t “soon suspect”. I think the person who wrote that got up to use the bathroom right before the train wreck. And the part about the local deputy? Puh-leaze! We see him do a little investigating but it’s the kids who take matters in to their own hands to try to find out what’s going on. I would recommend that I write the synopses for movies but I can’t seem to be bothered to sum up anything. I tend to babble.

The kids in Super 8 should all be in other films together. They could be the new Brat Pack. Okay…maybe not. But they do work well together. Elle Fanning played the only girl in the group and she was so good. She definitely needs to be in more movies. And each of the guys, in their own way, made the movie. But I did like the main character best. I didn’t see who cast Super 8 but whoever it was, they need a raise. Ya hear that, Hollywood?

Some parts of the movie are confusing at first but you find out the answers later on. There are times, though, that I wished they’d explained things much, much sooner. There is so much more that I want to talk about but since this movie hasn’t been released yet and the trailer didn’t give away the important stuff I don’t want to spoil anything. I think the writers need raises too. Leann and I were cracking up through most of it. When bad things are happening in a neighborhood and the kids are trying to wake a stoner up so that he can run away, one of the kids is heard crying, “Drugs are so bad!!!” So, it doesn’t sound as funny when it’s typed out but I’m pretty sure you’ll laugh at it in the theater.

Now for the important stuff (SPOILER ALERT) (sorta). There was most definitely violence. It didn’t last long when it did happen but it is very memorable. And there is blood splatter in one scene…big time. In another scene we got to see the thing chowing down on someone’s leg. It was detached though. Not that that makes things any better. There were also a couple of jump-out-at-you scares. I didn’t much appreciate them at the time but I did have a few giggles at my own expense soon after. There was absolutely no sex and/or nudity. There was definitely alcohol and drugs. The girl’s dad is seen drinking and the stoner was smoking a joint. And, of course, there was a LOT of cussing. And it was so unnecessary! As mentioned before I can completely understand during scary situations. If someone doesn’t curse while going through some of what was happening then they are far better people than I am. Most of the language was from the boys while they were filming their zombie movie. The word of choice in this film was $#!+. The big words were used too. We couldn’t expect them to leave those out, could we?

I will definitely see the movie again. I really, really liked it. At this point, though, I wouldn’t recommend it for P.T. or anyone her age (13) and younger. I did notice before the movie started that there were a lot of very young children there and no one screamed or cried during or looked upset after so maybe I’m being hyper-sensitive about it. I really don’t think so though. The lady next to me climbed up in to her seat during one of the scenes. So funny. So please, go see this and make a fact-based decision before allowing your young kids to go.

P.S. Don’t get up when the credits start. You get to see the zombie movie the kids were working on. After that ends you don’t need to stick around. The rest is just credits.

P.P.S. Armat and P.T. saw this today. Now that I've talked to a mom AND a kid about it I'm sticking to my review. Except in this instance, P.T. (my niece, in case you didn't already know) did fine and Armat (my sister) was the one covering her eyes (her own...not P.T.'s). In fact, P.T. spent a good portion of the time watching Armat jump so she probably thought it was funnier than everyone else did. They both liked it, though. Wahoo!

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