Super 8 is one of those films that just keeps firing on all cylinders. When it's not making you jump, it's breaking your heart. When it's not tearing up the town, it's giving you down-to-earth drama. Everything about this movie just worked for me, from the script to the directing to the acting to the visual effects. This isn't a science-fiction movie with story elements tacked on. This is a story about people and the effect the science-fiction elements have on them.
Yes, there are a few stereotypes thrown in here and there. And there are plenty of explosions and gratuitous, anonymous carnage. But at it's core it's a story about kids at the cusp of growing up and how they are thrust into an almost literal crucible and come out the other side. The film is true to those characters and their situation and pretty true to the time period and setting. Those of a certain age will recognize songs and cars and events of the time. I loved every minute of it.
Super 8 (IMDb)