this is to my brain, what a warm bath is to my body...
Super Dark Times is an eerie coming of age story with similar vibes Brick (2005) and Chronicle (2012).
It is very, sometimes overly, stylised with cutting techniques seen from Edgar Wright and Requiem for a Dream's, "Hip-Hop Montages". This makes for an very enjoyable ride as the visuals a quick and exciting throughout with the quality climaxing of both cinematography and editing climaxing in the final act. However, there are some very "Film Student moments" such as a frequent recurrence…
A suprisingly excellent example of "chekhov's gun": the principle that every element in a story is relevant and will come into play eventually.
This came as a surprise to me because 1. it is "a kid's movie" which often lack great writing and 2. Because I thought they must have been very rushed to make a sequel to the popular first instalment but I can happily say, it is clear to me that they took their time to making sure it was just right.