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:
    • Hardly exactly the same, but it's really very similar to Cloverfield (produced by J.J. Abrams) in a lot of ways.
    • Considering that the entire movie is a splicing together of Cloverfield, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and The Goonies, this could be said of the entire story. Though, YMMV on whether that makes this film a nifty homage to the films of Abrams' childhood, or an awful checklist of cliches from better movies.
      • Of course, the man behind 2/3s of those mentioned (and also Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws which this movie also homages) was the producer of this film (and not just executive, he was greatly involved in it).
      • As a bit of a Take That! in the audio commentary, JJ Abrams says when the Amblin logo appears "to the people who say we copied E.T., he actually appears in the movie."
  • Memetic Mutation: "PRODUCTION VALUE!" seems to be floating around all over the place nowadays.
    • "Mint!"
  • The Scrappy: Martin.
  • 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.
  • 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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