Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday’s Top Trailer: Super 8

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies with Abe, Tuesday's Top Trailer. One of my favorite parts about going to see movies is the series of trailers that airs beforehand and, more often than not, the trailer is far better than the actual film. Each week, I'll be sharing a trailer I've recently seen. Please chime in with comments on what you think of the trailer and how you think the movie is going to be.

Super 8 – Opening June 10, 2011

The last time a trailer debuted with a major mystery as its driving force and was associated with J.J. Abrams, we got “Cloverfield.” Now, Abrams is actually at the helm, rather than serving solely as a producer, and we have what should be a far more fantasy-oriented and kid-friendly flick. This trailer doesn’t provide an awful lot of information, but that’s the beauty of it. It appropriately conveys the magic and fantastical nature of what it is these kids witness while playing with their cameras, and it feels very much like a throwback to some of the recent classic sci-fi movies like “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” where children are privy to meetings with extraterrestrials and they’re not nearly as violent or dangerous as some other encounters with aliens in film these days. I’m sure fans of “Friday Night Lights” are thrilled that Kyle Chandler has a leading role (the main adult), and I’m particularly thrilled to see Elle Fanning following up “Somewhere” with this. She strikes me as the kind of young actress who would be great in anything. Ultimately, however, this film likely won’t be about the performances, but rather about the magic, the spirit, and the energy of childhood mixed with unexpected and out-of-this-world events. I’m decently excited – how about you?

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