posted on Aug, 6 2011 @ 01:56 AM
I imagine many people here understand the myths of modern hollywood.
I figure we can gather our explanations here.
This is how i understood the movie "super 8".
The first word "super", brings to mind Nietzsches 'superman', while the number 8 refers to, in kabbalistic terms, the 8th sephira - Binah - or
understanding. So the name "Super 8" would then mean a "superior understanding".
All the popular gnostic elements are there. The subterrenean reptile like creature with an ability to camoflage himself corresponds to the sinister
"shadow" of Jungian psychology.
The shadow represents mans "evil function" so to speak. Basically everything we attribute to the devil or Satan, anything we consider to be wrong or
evil, it all exists within us. This aspect is is also very subtle - ie, camoflaged. We all succumb to that innate aspect within ourselves frequently
throughout the day
Society (or humanity, in this allegory) teaches us to "repress" it (or so according to this gnostic logic) ie; subterrenean, by refusing to allow
its expression. Letting "go to it", or coming to terms with it, as humanity (society) should have done, and releasing the alien (repressed evil
function) they had kept in captivity (furthering the motif of repression).
The father son relationship is a common theme in mythology and something spoken about by psychologists and comparitive mythologists. This relationship
symbolizes God (father) and mankind (son). According to gnostic thought, the "father " represents Thought and the ability to reason and understand.
Thus, the father (as patriarchial religions like Judaism and Islam) is focused on law and order. Hence, the father is a cop who seems to relish being
respected and exercising authority. At one point in the movie he says "i have 12,000 people relying on me". Meaning, he acts (or the reason) the way
he does to please society..
The mother however is "dead". The mother symbolizes the emotions, or irrational function of the self. The mother is dead or absent because the
personality is being dominated by the father - the reason. The boy symbolizes the current self which is feeling emotionally starved. He misses his
mother. or "living life - the experiences/emotions of life". He feels that his father doesnt know him ie; he doesnt understand his needs. Do you
remember what he said to his dad? "You dont know what i need". If the father - the reason - understood the nature of the self (represented by the
boy) he would understand that he needs more emotional freedom. He feels constrained and held back.
And later on the boy saves the girl - or his soul (is this any different from the prince saving his princess from an evil step mother? Or from a
dragon? ) - from the clutches of his evil function. in the scene where the self - the boy - confronts the dragon - the shadow - the boy (self) says,
"evil happens", "evil happens". Therefore coming to an intellectual and philosophical nature of reality; its inherent dualism. The Shadow lets go
of the boy and flies off. At the very end, the boy lets go of the necklace that belonged to his mother (or the feeling of being "constrained" ie;
feeling a tug, which is what the neclace symbolizes), which essentially means, he has grown up. Hes become a man. He is no longer constrained and
controlled by his reason alone, and so in the movie, the father and the son reconcile. This all essentially means that he looks at the world
differently now. To be "whole" he has to express both the reasonable, and the irrational, emotional, and animalistic sides to his self.