I went to the movies last night and saw Super 8. I was excited about the film when I first learned of it (I really like both Abrams and Spielberg), but was left unimpressed by the trailers. I thought that it was just going to be a typical "smash-and-grab" monster movie, until several of my friends started seriously recommending it. Trusting in their sage advice of "holy shit, Super 8" and "Super 8 is the best movie ever," I decided to give it a chance.
Those of you who have not seen this movie yet really should go see it. It's probably one of the best movies that I've seen in a while, and definitely the best of the summer (Although I did also really like X-Men: First Class). It's all very carefully polished, with high production values and a well thought-out plot. The acting is also really good, especially considering that the movie is centered around a group of children. I typically hesitate to go see a movie in which most of the screen time is occupied by child actors, but all of the kids in this movie did an excellent job, and I would even venture to say that their performances were better than a lot of their adult counterparts in other movies of the same type.
It's just really good. It's a bit of a thriller, so if you're really opposed to movies with the occasional jump-scare, you might want to think twice. But there is more to this movie than just startling moments. I'm generally not a big fan of jump-scare style suspense, and I still had a great time.
So go see it if you get a chance. I highly recommend it.