For those who are unaware, Super 8 is an 8mm film format, which was a popular format for making home movies in the days before VHS. These days, the format is really only used by aficionados and film students (I myself made a Super 8 film in one of my film classes).
For J.J. Abrams’ third film as a director (and first film not based on an existing franchise), Super 8, as a title, is a bit of a MacGuffin, since a group of kids are making a Super 8 zombie film, when they get tied into a train crash, escape of an alien creature, and subsequent military cover-up. That said, it is at least neat that we get to see the finished film over the closing credits.
The film is a film that is supposed to hearken back to producer Steven Spielberg’s films of the 1980s. I think it succeeds for the most part, but I kind of believe that the alien at the centre of the film seems more Cloverfield than E.T. (even though it has aspects of both).
Overall, it was a decent nostalgia film, even though it’s not perfect.