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Old 06-18-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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Umm, it was good. However, nothing like what I expected. I went in expecting something like Jaws or Cloverfield and got ET/Goonies. The marketing for this movie was all wrong. If I had known the movie was going to be like this though; I don't think I would've went to see it.
I felt the same way.

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Instead of the monster being a destructive horror, it was just misunderstood and wanted to go ho home, and it turned out man was really the bad guy. This is pure Spielberg shtick and by now it's boring.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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I also noticed elements of "IT" by Stephen King. But more from the novel than the made-for-television movie.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:49 AM
 
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As far as the intentions of the "monster", I don't care if Speilberg wants to portray it in a compassionate way. That's an element in many classic horror stories. Just don't get all POLITICAL like the story in this film. No one buys that. All it did was cheapen the film.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Saw it today. Loved it. My only complaints were on the technical level, and they were all pretty minor:

I know Abrams loves the "blur effect" on his lenses, but there were some scenes where he went really overboard blurring the lighting. The train station scene in particular.

In the cafe scene (which was a great scene from a story point of view) I kept being distracted because the actors had on way too much make-up. I couldn't help thinking, "Why are all those junior high boys wearing so much lipstick?"

The ending was a tad sentimental, yes, but c'mon. It's a summer popcorn flick.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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Just saw it a hour ago...
Its really good. .. Difinitely rewatchable!!!
Little bit of profanity.. But Nothing too extreme for young people.
I would not consider it a kiddie movie.
I like how it takes about a hour or so to get a decent look at the alien.

Its a movie where you dont want to miss anything or you might be lost for a few scenes.
Its really well written. It had scenes that made me jump, I wouldnt consider a horror though.

If you like Et, Close Encounters, you will probably like this.

Just to clear any confusion, this is NOT one of those disaster movies that feature a shaky handheld camera.

4/5 stars.. The best movie I have seen this year.

Also stay through the credits at the end..it shows the finished product of the movie the kids were working on.
Its pretty funny.
Great review! Thanks for the reminder to stay through the credits. More and more movies are doing this now like Pirates and Thor. We're going to see Super 8 this afternoon.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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We all enjoyed it, tho some of it was extremely far fetched. There were a couple sappy moments, but all in all it kept up at a fast pace. I don't regret seeing it. I like the fact that it was filmed in the late 70's. Also enjoyed the music. Staying through the credits was worth it.
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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I'll wait till they release Motel 6.
I love it!
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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We all enjoyed it, tho some of it was extremely far fetched. There were a couple sappy moments, but all in all it kept up at a fast pace. I don't regret seeing it. I like the fact that it was filmed in the late 70's. Also enjoyed the music. Staying through the credits was worth it.
My thoughts as well. The first ten minutes did not interest me but after a bit I got into it.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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Went to see this tonight. I enjoyed it. A bit long overall, but the script/dialogue was fantastic. I watched the movie with a wide grin on my face the entire time because of some of the things the kids said...and how they said it. The jump-out-atcha moments definitely had me jerking in my seat
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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Saw this movie last week, and really liked it. The train wreck scene in the beginning had me using the death-grip on the arms of my seat...pretty intense. Thought Elle Fanning was positively amazing, and also liked newcomer, Joel Courtney. If you're a fan of Steven Spielberg, I think you'll enjoy this movie too.
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