"While writer-director J.J. Abrams got all caught up in being nostalgic for the Amblin Entertainment movies of the early 80’s (think E.T. and The Goonies) and worked so hard in recreating a lot of that early-Spielberg naturalistic style, he neglected to make sure that the screenplay was as solid as it could have been. There’s a way to tell a story in which every scene builds upon the story as a whole and in the end it all comes together to form one cohesive piece of art in which each piece is as important as the rest. For as much slack as James Cameron got for the familiarity of the plot of Avatar, that movie still has a solidly told story in which each scene leads to the next naturally and things that are introduced early on get utilized later. But in Super 8, there are a bunch of things that don’t add up to anything, just a bunch of red herrings in a row that keeps the story moving, though this movement is more akin to a hamster wheel than actual forward momentum. The kids discover things that they have no way of using, characters set out on missions that just dissolve into nothing, the plot essentially moves forward regardless of what everyone does. In the end, that’s kind of lame."
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