Grabbers - 2012
Written by Kevin Lehane
Directed by Jon Wright
Anyone who tells you that they aren't making them like they used to simply isn't looking hard enough. Now I'll grant you, at the Hollywood blockbuster level, they're definitely making them differently, but in Ireland, evidently, they're making them like the Spielberg/Zemekis/Dante/Donner class of the 1980s -- with one big difference; no obnoxious kids!
Like the characteristic films of the 80s, Grabbers keeps it light even in the serious moments. Each scene is infused with a tone of fun on one level or another. Most characters know each other well, so they're able to have a playful jab at each other, and the visiting officer's lack of familiarity offers them the opportunity to take some advantage with what she doesn't know. The music particularly enhances the spirit of classic Spielberg. It's like John Williams mashed up with your standard Irish sounds and themes -- an urgent, brassy orchestra, with a few extra flutes and such. It really keeps things moving. When I first read about the movie, I thought it sounded a little bit like Shaun of the Dead with aliens. Now, having seen it, I find myself recalling the likes of Jaws and Gremlins even more.