Excellent review Shape22, I feel I need to chime in again since I am of the earlier Spielberg era. Truth be told, I think some of those films are a mixed bag, but nearly all of them are better than this because they have far more confidence in the stories they are telling. Am I the only one that found it disappointing how little the Super8 film actually had to do with the plot? I mean, I thought it would have been more interesting had their film been something that the kids had to fight to preserve...that would have added an interesting element of suspense that would have also harkened back to those earlier films. There were too many moments, especially in the latter half of the film, where Abrams seems to want to put a jump or a scare into every moment out of fear that the audience will become bored. Any interesting character developments are washed aside. I think we should have been with the kids even more. The adult subplots dragged or interrupted. The CGI calls attention to itself and never allows the audience to get fully caught up in the nostalgia that the film seems to want to deliver. It only made me remember how much I'd rather be watching one of the earlier films, however flawed they might have been.