YMMV / Super 8

  • Award Snub: The film was short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score, and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. Paramount submitted it for several considerations for the BAFTAs including Best Film, Best Director (J. J. Abrams), Best Original Screenplay, Leading Actor (Kyle Chandler), Supporting Actress (Elle Fanning), Supporting Actor (Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich), Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Costume Design, Original Music, Sound, Makeup and Hair, and Special Visual Effects.
  • Awesome Music: But of course. Of particular note is the final two tracks, "Letting Go" and "Super 8 Suite".
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics were, by in large, impressed with the homages to Spielberg, performances between the kids and visual effects. Audiences, on the other hand, were much more significantly mixed when it comes to the movie, citing problems with said homages, script and its ending.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Cary, due to his rather vulgar nature and his love for explosions and fire.
    • Colonel Nelec.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Joe and Alice have many of these, particularly when talking about Joe's mother and when the two hold hands in the final scene.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Hits a massive spike during the train-crash scene.
    • And again during the climax, when the military is bringing tanks and jeeps with machine guns to bear on the alien, with negligible effect.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks:
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Nowadays, most people will recognize Joe's late mother as Claire Randall.
    • Also Donnie, the neighborhood pot head is played by David Gallagher who was the sweet Reverend's son, Simon Camden in Series/7th Heaven.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Squick: Seeing the flies that land all over Dr. Woodward's bloody wounds. Apparently, the flies were attracted to the karo syrup that was the main component of the fake blood.
  • Toy Ship: Joe and Alice.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The alien. We're instructed by the script to feel sorry for the way it was treated by the military and root for it to return home, just like E.T., even when it starts lashing out and killing several people who had absolutely nothing to do with its mistreatment and posed no threat to it, very much unlike E.T. That it's intelligent enough for the kids to reason with suggests it didn't kill innocent people due to panicked self-preservation, but out of revenge, which makes the ending seem like a miscarriage of justice to many viewers, instead of the "D'aww!" moment it was meant to be.
    • However it's possible the creature while intelligent could've simply been blinded by the rage of being trapped and tortured for so long after simply wishing to go home. It doesn't excuse Cooper's actions but it does further show how monstrous the torture process it went through was.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The train crash, absolutely.
    • Other than the scenes toward the end where we see the alien in fullnote , there doesn't look to be a lot of conspicuous CGI. Which is actually damn good work.


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