Mojave Flick Review: Super 8

Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy.

Miguel Gonzalez


By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily Movie Critic

(Apple Valley)-Shrouded by secrecy, Super 8 is a film of little known details. We all saw the trailer: we knew of the kids making a monster movie, a train crash, and some sort of monster, but that’s it. So now comes the moment of truth: does the film live up to the monstrous hype?

From the mind behind Cloverfield and the remake of Star Trek, J.J. Abrams, and the movie legend himself, Steven Spielberg, Super 8 had high expectations: and it lives up to and exceeds on all levels. The film boasts an unknown cast, which is great because it’s the characters you remember, not the actors playing them.

Right from the beginning, that emotional connection to the characters is struck, and it holds tight through to the end.  But what about the big question?

Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room: the monster. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that you do indeed see the monster, and it’s a pretty cool design.

A somewhat familiar look, the monster still brings something to the movie that is original. The film as a whole has me thinking the film is a modern-day take on The Goonies meets E.T., and that is a great combination.

I left the film with a smile. What more can you ask from a film when you leave satisfied, with all expectations met and exceed by miles? I highly recommend Super 8, definitely one of the standouts of the summer.

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