Film #320: SUPER 8
3.5 out of 5 stars
JJ Abrams & Steven Spielberg update the “kids as heroes” genre (ET, THE GOONIES, etc) with this well-made film from 2011. The cast is exemplary (especially Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney) and the direction is controlled, and yet, not too overly sentimental. The script is a little loose and the runtime could’ve EASILY been trimmed by 30 minutes or so, but SUPER 8 remains a solid piece of escapist fare. The film is, at times, a little scary for the wee ones, but pre-teens and up will enjoy this to no end.