Monday, August 1, 2011

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

"I guess you've noticed something
a little strange with Dad...."

- All is not perfectly well in Roy Neary's life when some very strange things occur in his town. After an unforgettable night of flying lights, city-wide loss of power, storm-like phenomena, and a very personal close encounter with the unexplainable, Roy is quite beside himself and cannot move on from these events. The images that are stuck in his head and feelings that are all stirred up inside of him as a result of his encounter have Roy anguished, confused, and ultimately driven to find answers to what is happening.

Steven Spielberg delivers a tout and thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi film with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). As usual, Spielberg draws out the human element very well in this film as we are taken along with Roy (Richard Dreyfuss giving one of his very best performance ever) and others who are swept up in the unusual events of the story (Melinda Dillon, Fran├žois Truffaut, Teri Garr, and Bob Balaban in terrific supporting roles). What makes this film especially memorable is the combination of Vilmos Zsigmond's Oscar winning cinematography work, the spectacular special effects (by a team lead by Douglas Trumbull, the man behind the effects in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and others), and John Williams' swirling score that are the major force behind the film's incredible fantasy. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is a sci-fi film of interstellar proportions - my pick for Spielberg's best sci-fi effort.

CBC Rating: 8/10

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