Stunning attempt to honor classic family storytelling in the vain of E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind... But, arguably, devastatingly bland and simple to satisfy today's de-synthesized audiences. 6/10 for a respectable storyline and enjoyable acting from the young newcomers. The singular Elle Fanning effortlessly proves she's one of the most captivating actresses of her generation. (It's cute how her biggest dream is to be in a movie with her big sister.)
People don't seem to realize how significant Super 8 film making is in the history of the most prominent directors of today. It's a nostalgic guilty pleasure to pay homage to their youth, and the origin moments which made them who they are today. Even better when they can center it around the syfy backdrop they all aspired to film when they were just young dreamers with only a few friends to play along with them.
Spielberg counsels Abrams in what is considered to be his first "real" movie. (It's good to have the most revered living director of our generation as your mentor.) The picture, in any case, is an iconic milestone to the imaginative facility of J.J. Abrams's long lasting influence in cinema.