Worthy of its frequent Spielberg homages
Super 8 is not the most original alien movie out there; it's more like a mish-mash of various tropes from other famous alien flicks. Surprisingly, it all fits together smoothly and makes for an interesting movie. The protagonists, while teenagers, are treated seriously and don't detract from the movie's destructive tone, which is quite unlike any other film involving kids and aliens I can think of. The teenagers (five boys and a girl) are likable and realistic. I really felt like rooting for them (and their homemade zombie movie, which plays a key role in the movie). There's true suspense here, as the alien starts wreaking havoc early on but is never fully revealed until the last third or so of the movie. The action is fantastic at its best (there's a great train wreck scene early on), and solid throughout. Revealing too much about the plot would ruin it! This movie makes frequent use of jump scares, which will probably frighten little kids. The violence is pretty standard P-13 stuff, but many characters are killed/eaten by the alien and there's a very real feeling of danger. It also has plenty of cursing by the kids throughout (when they're scared, usually a steady chorus of "s--t, s--t, s--t" is chanted in the background), which some may find offensive. All in all, it's a great summer movie for teenagers that offers up both emotion and suspense.