Of the movies that I have watched thus far on the trip, my favorite is Super 8. Though initially unsure of the movie due to the extremely cryptic advertisements, I was really impressed with the child actors, the distinctly JJ Abrams vibe, and tributes to Steven Spielberg and his movies like E.T., Close Encounters, and some others. It was a lot of fun to see the cast making their zombie movie The Case, and the creative ways they incorporated their surroundings into it. For example, the epic train crash became a means to spread the virus and they end up having real (well, “real”) Air Force investigating in background.
I ended up watching the movie twice, and I liked it more the second time. The first time I watched it, the ending didn’t feel genuine enough to me – it felt a bit much. At the same time, I wasn’t entirely sure HOW you would end it in any other satisfactory way; I feel like nothing would have really satisfied me. The second time I appreciated it more, for whatever reason. The symbolism felt more real? I don’t know.
In any case, I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable, well written, and well acted by a very young cast. It was also a lot of fun to see the finished amateur film during the credits.