The full-length trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 (produced by Steven Spielberg) hit the web today, and it caused quite the nerdgasm. Fanboys watched it and then immediately passed out. Its awesomeness was apparently too much for them. Hell, I think a lot of them didn’t even get past the Amblin Entertainment logo screen.
But seriously, film geeks far and wide seem to be collectively nodding their heads, grinning widely, and giving standing Os (alone in front of their laptops, but still) after watching the preview below, so take a look and see if you agree.
I really really really want to be as excited as everyone else is about this one, but I’m just not feeling it. I’m not saying I think the film looks bad or anything — it’s just that I’ve been reading and hearing so much about Super 8… and its teaser trailer’s hidden images… and its viral web site ScariestThingIEverSaw.com… and other “clues” about its plot that I’m already crying uncle. It makes me wonder why the hype started as early as it did — May 2010, to be exact — over a year before the film’s June 10, 2011 release date. I mean, was somebody worried that a sci-fi film with both Spielberg and Abrams attached might not generate enough buzz by simply existing? Did they not think any movie bloggers would cover it? Were they worried no one would go see it? Come on.
It’s hard to stay psyched for anything for over a year, and so I think there’s a real risk of backlash if Super 8 doesn’t live up to all the hype. It happened with Cloverfield (also directed by Abrams, and advertised extensively as a “secret project” complete with viral marketing campaign), remember.
Tell me I’m wrong — prove to me that Super 8 is going to exceed everyone’s expectations! (Or you could agree that you’re already sick of it, too.)