Super 8 – An Inter(re)view

Todd-the-Interviewer> Can I say what an honour it is to have this chance to interview you?  Is it true you are the Todd who slays dragons, rescues maidens and leaps moderate buildings in two bounds or less?

Todd the Great> No, you are thinking of my less successful ne’er-do-well twin.  I am simply Todd the Great.

TTI> If you were to sum up Super 8 how would you do so?

TTG>  Nifty.

TTI> Ah, right.  What if you were to do it in a way that would be useful to others?

TTG> Surely, those that read this interview know of my keen appreciation for cinema and need no more than this recommendation to hie off to see Super 8.  But to expand, Super 8 is an exciting and thrilling summer blockbuster that can be enjoyed by the fairly young and old alike.

TTI> You do think well of yourself don’t you?

TTG> Was that a question or just an astute observation of my prowess?

TTI> It was rhetorical sarcasm.  What is the basic plot of the film?

TTG> A group of tweens a making a movie to submit to a film contest.  It is a zombie film, but little do they realize they, and their whole town, will soon be plunged into true thrills and adventure.  The main characters are Joe and Alice.  Joe has recently lost his mother to a mill accident.  Alice is the pretty girl the boys ask to be in the movie, but they’ve reached the age where they just might want to hang out with girls as much as make monster movies and set off fireworks.  Alice has her own tragic past.  The other boys in the “film crew” as the usual characters – one is the director, Charlie, one is the movie’s star, Martin, one is the cameraman, Preston and the last plays all the zombies (and does the pyrotechnics), Cary.  They sneak out to film a scene when a train really crashes through their set.  Was the crash deliberate?  Was it an army train?  And did something large and scary get free when it crashed?

TTI> What makes the movie good?

TTG> While not original it harkens back to classic summer movies of the 80s: Stand by Me, ET, and the Goonies.  Like those movies it is a group of kids with slightly potty mouths (remember how wicked their cussing sounded when you first heard it?) who discover themselves amid a fantastic adventure.  The movies downfall might be that it isn’t quite as good as those films (except maybe Goonies).  It is a world of constant danger, but you know they will probably get out OK and the boy and the girl might just share a first chaste kiss.  It is a world where their parents are mostly useless and form another obstacle to overcome allowing the kids to find their own courage.

TTI> What were the weaknesses of the film?

TTG> Well, much of the plot of the movie (or at least the trappings) are homaged from Stephen King’s IT.  (You know it is an homage and not a rip off because someone is reading IT at the start of the movie).  It is not as scary and vicious as IT though.  But it is likely scarier than the movies I listed before.  (Well the dread in Stand by Me is scarier still, but Super 8 has a big mean monster that might be eating people.)  There isn’t much original in the picture, but it is done with the same falir and lack of originality that made the latest Star Trek such a neat show.  The director/writer J.J. Abrams might not be making up anything new, but the pieces come together in an interesting fashion.

TTI> Any last thoughts?

TTG> If you like kids who spend most of the movie running for their lives, but still find time to grow a sweet crush on one another, and to each show courage when the moment is right, you’ll like this show.  If you like your summer blockbusters to mix big action with small comedy go see this one.

TTI> Well, thank you very much for taking the time to provide this brief review.  I thought the interview started off a bit shaky, but ended strong.

TTG>  I thought I was brilliant, but you are a dull, drab reporter.  Good Day!

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