Sunday, July 19, 2009

Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A

This may very well be the ultimate alien movie. It has everything you could possibly ask for in an alien movie: abduction, mystery, flying saucers, and of course the inevitable glimpse of the actual creatures themselves. The movie begins with government scientists discovering ancient military war crafts in the Sonoran Desert. Back in America, we're introduced to Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), an electricity man who one night spots what he thinks might be flying saucers. He becomes obsessed with the sighted UFOs to the point where his family decides to leave him in fear. In a separate story, Gillian (Melinda Dillon) plays the single mother of Barry, a young boy who is abducted by aliens. In searching for her son, she meets Roy, and together they quest for the aliens. As good as everything in the beginning and middle of 'Close Encounters' is, I think most people, including myself, see the film for the ending, in which we finally get a glimpse of the aliens. Director Steven Spielberg doesn't study these creatures for too long. Rather he just gives us a brief glimpse of them, as if to say that their mystery can't be solved. Not only is this an example of great storytelling, but it is also an example of great acting. Dreyfuss is so good, and Francois Truffaut, one of our greatest directors, proves that he can work on the other side of the camera, too. He plays a French scientist who we meet at the beginning of the film. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' is a classic movie. It's a timeless treasure, the sort of film that will be watched and looked upon with awe for generations to come. It ranks along with 'E.T,' 'Jaws,' 'Raiders,' and 'Schindler's List' as Spielberg's finest.

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