Friday, March 11, 2011

JJ Abrams's Super 8 gets a terrific trailer.

Diamond in the rough... That's what JJ Abrams's homage to 1970s/1980s Steven Spielberg (produced by Mr. Spielberg himself) is selling itself as. In a sea of sequels, comic-book adaptations, spin-offs, reboots, and remakes, Super 8 is selling itself as an old-fashioned piece of character-driven storytelling. This trailer is all about mood, setting, and relationships, with the unseen menace merely being what challenges these particular people. I talk quite a bit about how pure craftsmanship is seemingly so rare in big-budget filmmaking that it is often mistaken for high art. We'll see if Super 8 reaches the level of 'high art', but it has surely piqued everyone's interest as one of the few genuinely exciting releases of summer 2011. This one comes out on June 10th, in IMAX no less (for two weeks until Cars 2 takes over).

Scott Mendelson

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