Steven Spielberg sits in the producer’s seat for this smorgasbord of classic extraterrestrial sci-fi thriller fun embellished by elements of 1980s boy-adventure films like The Goonies and Stand by Me. One almost expects Elliott and E.T. to pop up from behind the trees. The CGI effects are loud and powerful, and the gore factor is kept to the minimum necessary, keeping you somewhat comfortable in your seat. An unspectacular storyline is compensated for by the charismatic bond between Super 8’s courageous tweens – something that kids of the 1980s will nostalgically appreciate.
SUPER 8 | Directed by J.J. Abrams (USA 2011) with Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning. Opened July 7