Author: Kolbe Swanson

Super 8 – Missing Mothers, Movies and Monsters

Super 8 is a tribute to earlier Spielberg films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. It takes its time letting the audience get to know the main characters before fully jumping into the plot. There are certain shots, such as the first high-angle wide shot overlooking the town, which look almost identical to shots in earlier Spielberg films. In most Spielberg films featuring children, the main child character is raised by a single parent; in Super 8, Joe Lamb’s mother has recently passed away. They even set the film in 1979, setting the events of Super 8 at a time between the releases of two of Spielberg’s most iconic alien films.

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