Friday, May 11, 2012

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) review


If I had to use only one word to describe this film, it would be: amazing.

PLOT:In recent events, evidence has come up relating to extraterrestrial activity, from boats appearing in the desert to high-speed UFO chases in the country.  Among these events, we follow two paths to the same ending: that of Bob Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and Lacombe (Francios Truffaut). Bob witnessed the UFO chase along with his neighbor, Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon), who loses her son to the aliens, and both start to effortlessly make models of where he expects them to land. Lacombe has been traveling the world with claims all related to the same, extraterrestrial story. When he finds the right coordinates and signal tones, he decides to make this a government issue. As you can infer, each is led to the same spot somehow. It's a very well thought-out plot executed very uniquely.

ACTING:The acting was very great. Each actor gave an entertaining and convincing performance. The shiners are Richard Dreyfuss as Roy Neary, Francois Truffaut as Lacombe, and Melinda Dillon as Jillian Guiler, with respects to Cary Guffey as Barry Guiler. He actually played a pretty creepy kid!

SCORE:The score was done by the great John Williams, so you know it has to be good. The score contained a unique, bold, and catchy theme that any fan would recognize right off the bat.

EFFECTS:For its time, the effects were a marvel. They still are pretty awesome as of today. The bright UFOs and detailed desings of the UFOs are amazing at most. I wish effects looked this real today. Even the aliens looked neat and real!

OTHER CONTENT:This film was the "2001" that everybody liked: unique, amazing, suspenseful, and even perfect. Just as in "Schindler's List", I saw Spielburg's perfectionism appear yet again. He has definitely earned my respect as a director rather than a producer (Goonies). I believe this film will live forever in the hearts of the curious young and old.

OVERALL,an epic sci-fi film with a well thought-out and unique plot, great acting, Williams score, marvelous effects, and Spielburg's sense of perfectionism.

1 comment:

  1. One of my fave Spielberg films, it was an absolute joy and yes John Williams' score was very catchy.