The first full-length trailer for “Super 8” arrived today, and needless to say, it was a lot to take in. But if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly endless supply of references and callouts, have no fear — we’re here to help.
The MTV Movies Intelligentsia — or, in less fancy terms, movies editor Josh Horowitz, staff writer Eric Ditzian and Movies Blog editor Josh Wigler — put their collective brains together for a detailed breakdown of the “Super 8” trailer. Check it out in the video above, and click past the jump for some of the highlights!
The absence of our young hero’s mother struck us as one of the first overtly Spielbergian motifs of the trailer, a glimpse at the broken family at the core of “Super 8,” not unlike Elliott’s own struggles in “E.T.”
There’s an undeniable connection between our moviemaking heroes and the childhood tendencies of Abrams and Spielberg, both of whom shot their own little films in their early youth. Clearly, this is a tale that’s deeply personal for both filmmakers.
There are moments throughout the trailer that provide us with interesting glimpses at the pop culture of 1979, the year that “Super 8” is set in. From a “Plastic Man” poster to Frankenstein action figures, we’re getting a sense of the geek culture of the late ’70s, something that’s clearly very important to our protagonist.
What The Truck?
If we’re judging by Spielberg’s past work, military men shouldn’t be trusted too easily. The striking red trucks that the armed soldiers ride into town undoubtedly hold great secrets, and it remains to be seen if Noah Emmerich’s military character plans to use them to our heroes’ benefit or their downfall.
Dog Gone It
Ditizan rightly points out that dogs are always the first to catch wind of when something is going down. In “Super 8,” it looks like man’s best friend is getting the heck outta dodge en masse — if only we knew what they were running from!
A Modern Touch
The wall of missing dogs spoke to us as Abrams’ way of bringing the modern day into 1979 — it’s impossible to look at that wall and not have lingering thoughts of 9/11. Looked at in a certain way, this moment is representative of the marriage between Spielberg’s early days as a filmmaker and Abrams’ current years on the rise.
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