Audrey and I caught Super 8 this weekend. It’s a thoroughly charming film with characters that you instantly care about. Although, all the adults in this movie are either complete fucking morons are stubborn assholes. And there’s a bit in the last scene that made our eyes roll terribly hard. Overall, it was quite enjoyable. And I don’t care what Abrams says, I like to think this one is totally related to Cloverfield.
However, I’m calling this shit out. There is one Black character of note who has more than just a sentence or two of dialog. He is totally murdered. There’s another Black character who has no dialog but interacts with our young heros in a few small ways. Guess who bites it before the final act. Okay, so the film is set in the late 70s and if a monster movie of that period featured a Black character, chances are you knew who was going to die before too long. I’m glad someone is finally doing giant monster movies in America, but for fuck’s sake, this “Black guy always dies” trope needs to end, especially if you only have one Black character that actually impacts the story. You’re not supposed to kill off Token!
I used to do something called Jam Scale Reviews which is why that tag is still around. I would review movies, comics, and television shows based on their minority count and how minorities were treated in the product. While I enjoyed Super 8 and think it’s a wonderful summer flick, it rates terribly on the Jam Scale. Which is really disappointing. But what do I know. This thing is going to rake in big bucks this summer regardless of who dies.