The No. 1 film at the box office this week is J.J. Abram’s “Super 8,” an homage to the work of Steven Spielberg. Millions of people have seen this film, but it’s doubtful they know what the title means.

Released by Eastman Kodak in 1965, Super 8 became the preferred film format of the motion picture industry during the 1960s and 70s. The name is an abbreviation for Super 8 millimeter film. The use of the word “super” denotes the film stock’s improvement over the earlier “regular 8” format and the number 8 is a reference to the width (in millimeters) of the film reel. Many independent filmmakers continue to use 8 mm to mimic the look of old home movies and capture the film’s gritty quality.

Super 8I’m so glad I am not the only one curious on title. The quote was posted on the front page of dictionary.com. After reading the definition, the title make sense now since the entire movie started with a couple of kids wanted to make a zombie film.

Each characters has his/her own unique personalities especially all the young actors/actresses. Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning are the rising stars. I can see the resemblance between Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning.

The CGI wasn’t perfect but believable as in the movie taking place in late 1970s, 1979 to be exact. The train collision scene is flawed. The trailer was misleading. Originally, I was thinking some kind of monster attacking the little town but when I watch the movie, the alien only took part in the background. The actual image of the alien was only shown briefly towards the end of the movie.

I recommend wait for DVD release for this movie.

My Grade: B

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