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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unlike any other film. There are many films about extraterrestrial beings, alien abductions, invasions. But there's nothing quite like Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the wild ride that this film has to offer. Starring Richard Dreyfuss, who plays his character perfectly, and featuring an intriguing mystery, this is a classic that will remain so for many more decades to come.

One of the truly fascinating things about Close Encounters of the Third Kind is its attention to detail. Steven Spielberg didn't just make a generic UFO and put it in his film. Spielberg researched eyewitness accounts of alleged extraterrestrial phenomenon and some of the concepts in this film I have read about in books. Which gives it an almost strange sense of authenticity.

For first-time viewers, don't go into the film expecting a special effects extravaganza. While the film has some incredible visual effects, this isn't like any other Spielberg movie to date. It's like Jaws without the shark attacks, or Jurassic Park without the chase sequences. Instead, it slowly builds towards its climax and it's so worth it. The last 15 minutes or so if this movie is practically gold.

Not only does Close Encounters of the Third Kind deliver on a visual level, but it is also quite emotional from time to time. The Neary family sees hard times by the situation and Roy's obsession with the structure he continually tries to visualize. But there is also some humor to it, as Roy tends to make things awkward for himself and those around him. Apart from Dreyfuss, filmmaker Francois Truffaut stars as Claude Lacombe, who is based on real-life French UFO expert Jacques Valiee. He also gives a brilliant performance.

If you haven't seen what is arguably one of the finest science-fiction films of all time, and regardless of whether or not this is your type of movie, see Close Encounters of the Third Kind and you'll probably fall in love with it. It has aged very well, especially given its subject matter, but that is only because Spielberg crafted the movie with a positive message rather than a negative one. That being said, this is, without a doubt, an exceptional entry into Spielberg's filmography, with a brilliant musical score, great acting, and interesting characters that will keep you hooked throughout a series of mesmerizing events.