directed by J.J. Abrams
It’s a match made in Hollywood heaven: the mouth agape dazzlery of Steven Speilberg and the technical gut punch stylings of J.J. Abrams. Both of these strengths can be applied to the other as well, for both are no strangers to the event film. Speilberg has been doing it for 4 decades, and Abrams scored with the Star Trek reboot (hell, I’m not even a Star Trek freak and I enjoyed the crap out of that film), but the two together, well, let’s just say they can really knock ‘em dead. My excitement level for this film on a 1 to 10 scale was a Super 8 (that’s it, BC! I’m never reading any more of your reviews), and it didn’t let me down. The trailer says it all: a nostalgic piece of epic storytelling about alien intrigue, all revolving around a group of kids who seem to fare far better than their grown up counterparts. Think Goonies meets Close Encounters, and I mean that in a good way. Abrams, aka The Lens Flare Extraordinaire, directs the hell out of a film that scores from framing to foley, and anything that can make me feel even close to how I felt the first time I watched ET is worth checking out.