"Bad things happen, but you can still live."
~Joe Lamb, Super 8
But it's clear that Super 8's focus is not the destination of the plot; it's the journey of the characters. Because of that center—and its ties to Spielberg's past—the movie displays some traits not often seen in big summer blockbusters: innocence, wonder, simplicity and authenticity. Of course, those qualities are not dead—in real life or the movies—but they have so commonly been replaced by skepticism, worldliness and complexity. That's not to say the movie doesn't have some of the edgier elements of typical youthful adventures... Bad things—horrible events—happen. But through it all, Super 8 maintains a hopeful wonder and a youthful, simple idealism. Unconditional love is as close as your buddy's house. Your parents are your biggest fans (and heroes). Your bike can take you anywhere. And no matter what junk is happening in life, you can still escape into the world of your Super 8 video camera.