I enjoyed Jason Armstrong’s review on Super 8 and I think he hit the nail on the head when he said Steven Spielberg had his fingerprints all over this movie.
From Close Encounters to I D4, however, you missed out on the Return E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and that everyone has grown up, including Elliot and (my fav) Gertie. Now it’s Joe Lamb and Alice. As far as J.J. Abrams doing this film, it totally reminded me of Cloverfield.