Given that J.J. Abrams’s last creature feature didn’t work out so well, to the point where I never saw it, I spent a fair amount of time anticipating this movie.
Everything this movie promises, it delivers.
You have your cute moments, because it is centered around kids, plus drama. I had some jumpy moments due to the plot, and was amused. Everything you’d expect from the creator of Alias, especially being teamed up with Mr. ET himself.
It’s a quaint story, set in the seventies, and what typically what happens to a small town when Hollywood is in charge. All the natural disaster or alien movies destroy major cities, but small towns are the hot beds for zombies, monsters of the terrestrial variety, and serial killers. At this point, I’m thinking it’s in my best interest to move in with Santa Clause, or an island. Oh wait, islands have giant man-eating reptiles, monsters, viruses, or we just go Lord of the Flies.
This movie is kid friendly, as long as you don’t suffer the delusion that your Jr. high school child isn’t swearing up a storm as soon as they’re out of earshot, and this movie does hold you on the edge of your seat. Or in my case, huddling in your seat, hiding behind your hands. I would happily watch this again, but I have other things on my agenda.