IGN: While J.J. Abrams' Super 8 features an alien, it isn't about aliens. And that's a good thing.
It's about a young kid realizing that grief isn't something you get over, it's something you learn to live with. It's about fathers and sons, and the conflict that comes when the former struggles to relate to the latter. All of this is filtered through a very nostalgic, very Spielbergian lens that earns all its heartfelt moments. That is until the movie's more sci-fi trappings push their way onto the narrative, with "Area 51 this" and "alien that."