To dismiss this film as pure fantasy is like saying that God does exist. Based and inspired around several factual accounts, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a one-of-a-kind movie; one that has to be seen to be believed, one that must be experienced to be felt. I still remember to this day seeing this film on TV when I was a mere 11 years old, and it completely blew me away, and still cherish to this very day.I won’t bother too much with the plot except that it involves 3 characters: The first to being Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) a married electric repairman, and Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) a bored single mom with a 3 year old kid Barry (Cary Guffrey), whom have an experience that would change their lives forever, which was making contact with UFOS, and their obsession for finding the truth will drive them both to almost self-destruction. The third character is Claude Lacombe (Francois Truffaut), a French scientist sponsored by the US Government whom is trying to unravel the big mystery about these recent UFO sightings, all which lead into a climaxing meeting at Devil’s Tower, Wyoming.
This film pretty much fueled even more the frenzy of the UFO conspiracy movement which had started way back in the 40’s, and despite the fact that in previous films the Aliens were seen as invaders of planet Earth (and were awful pieces of shit), Spielberg goes the other way around and gives us a fable of goodwill and morality and hope unlike any other film before it or even after it.
Spielberg re-edited the film several times until 2001, when Spielberg finally released his final cut on DVD, and the film has never looked better. The FX are awesome for their time and still stand well to this day. The set designs are impressive considering that they’re mockups. The cinematography by the legendary Vilmos Zsigmond is excellent and does some impressive uses of shadows and light to hide the whole mystery of the UFOs. John Williams’s score, just like his earlier score in Jaws is simply the stuff of legends, and Spielberg’s direction is just top-notch as well as his screenplay, and his talent for directing especially when it came to work with 3-year old Carey is just impressive stuff
The acting is also great, with Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon both giving such understated performances which drive the film. Francois Truffaut is also great considering that it was one of his few appearances in front of the camera since he’s usually behind it and also because he wanted to know how was it to work for a director. Oh and that little kid, Cary Guffrey, man he’s just cute to watch. The rest of the cast is also great.In the end, I don’t think there is much to be said about this film that it hasn’t been said, it fucking rules, and it will forever be a timeless document to be enjoyed by generations afterwards. 5-5