nyrobsivad99’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Excuse me, can I have another order of fries? Because my friend here is fat.”
Man, I just do not like J. J. Abrams films.
Super 8 is a love-letter to the somewhat edgy but still family-oriented, science-fiction-adventure films of the 1980s. Think Stranger Things but with a lot less charm and style. As good natured as this project obviously is, Abrams is just not a strong enough writer to pull off a film like this that leans so heavily on having natural and likeable characters in believable and dramatic situations. The dialogue is incredibly stilted and the exposition ranges from clunky to ham-fisted. The cinematography is kind of ugly to look at and everything about this set-up is just incredibly bland. Ultimately, I cannot think of a single reason to watch Super 8 over any of the films it is inspired by.
It is just really, really bland and really, really uninteresting.