ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Super 8★★★★ PREMIERE 9.00-11.15pm C4
Sure to prick the nostalgia glands of anyone old enough to have grown up in the 70s – the sight of an Aurora glow-in-the-dark Hunchback of Notre Dame model gave me an early Proustian rush – Super 8 is a pacey, 1979-set tale of suburban school-age derring-do in the face of disbelieving adults. Written and directed by future Star Wars/Trek custodian JJ Abrams, it’s a stylistic love letter to Steven Spielberg (who also produced it), in which likeable unknown Joel Courtney and rising star Elle Fanning lead a teen gang in smalltown Ohio who inadvertently capture something mysterious while shooting an amateur horror movie on a Super 8mm camera. Kyle Chandler is the stoic deputy sheriff and dad who tries to maintain control when the military move in and young voices go unheeded. With an overall sense of The Goonies and ET, this good-natured, not-too-scary thriller is whipped along by Michael Giacchino’s John Williams-like score. Look out for Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson).