‘Super 8’: New trailer hits Twitter with close encounters of ’70s kind

March 11, 2011 | 6:20 a.m.
j j abrams on super 8 set Super 8: New trailer hits Twitter with close encounters of 70s kind

J.J. Abrams on the set of "Super 8"

A new trailer for the Paramount Pictures film “Super 8”  went out to the world via Twitvid and Twitter — very much a sign of the times in Hollywood 2011. The material in that trailer, however, was more like a vibrant time capsule of the youth of the movie’s director, J.J. Abrams, as well as the 1970s and 1980s films so closely associated with its producer, Steven Spielberg. The film is set in 1979 and built around a small-town story of grief, coming-of-age friendships and the arrival of something truly startling and completely alien.

The influence of Spielberg is an intriguing topic and there are plenty of visual cues here that take all of us back to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,”  “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and even “Jaws” — you can make a list (and many bloggers certainly will) of the Spielbergian shots of kids with feathered hair riding bikes or being bathed in pulsing light as they cast their eyes skyward; of an earnest local lawman dealing with a mysterious predatory danger and angst at home; or impersonal federal authorities who seem more alien in their lockstep than the beastie in the woods, etc. That whole line of discussion will get a lot of traction for the simple reason that so much of this movie has been kept under wraps (which is the standard approach by Abrams); in fact, the only substantial interview that Abrams has done to date  about this film was right here at Hero Complex, and all of the filmmaker’s radio silence might be filled by critical static about derivative movie-making.

I think I’ll wait to see the whole film before I start calculating whether Abrams has taken his influences too far. I can say that I’ve seen about 35 minutes of footage and the movie, to my eye, it has a heart and heritage that give it a chance to be really special. Simply put, right now there’s no movie this summer I’m more excited to see than “Super 8” and that’s more about Abrams and his future than Spielberg and his past.

— Geoff Boucher


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4 Responses to ‘Super 8’: New trailer hits Twitter with close encounters of ’70s kind

  1. DKA Media says:

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  2. Harriet Bee says:

    SPOILER ALERT!! J.J. Abrams is not only the new Spielberg (or NueSpielberg as he is referred to here in Germany) – he is the only Spielberg remaining and I think the former Steven Spielberg of 'The Sugarland Express' and 'Duel' would agree. And I can give you 8 Super reasons why. 1. 'Lost' is basically a reworking of 'Poltergeist' if you look at it from the point of view of Damon Lindelof. 2.3.4. and 5. Steven Spielberg had nothing to do with 'Poltergeist 2: The Other Side.' 6.7.7a and 8. Don't even mention 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' as that was George Lucas' pet goat more than it was anything brought to the table by S. Spielberg.

  3. Solaariz says:

    Why the world needs Super 8

     This may be controversial but I wanted to share my thoughts. I think many people will share my sentiments. But others will strongly disagree.

  4. Chase says:

    This is how a Super 8 movie looked like back in the day when the Super8 craze was at its peak… I made this 3 minute epic called CHASE complete with exploding cars and helicopters!

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