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We can always use a shot of hope, a jolt of sweetness, and a chance to see a masterpiece of a certain age on a screen it deserves.
It's hard to overstate how good Spielberg's movie is (this is the 135-minute Director's Cut) and how contemporary it feels even today.
What I love about "Close Encounters" has nothing to do with graceful plotting or complex depictions of a marriage at a breaking point. It has everything to do with visual scale.
Rarely has Spielberg so marvelously united his gifts for horror and wonder.
The woman goes on an incredible adventure for one reason: in order to find her child. The man leaves his children for one reason: in order to go on an incredible adventure.
Some movies are just meant to be seen on the big screen. 40 years later, the legendary filmmaker's magnificent, epic adventure remains one of those movies.
Grand celestial theatre, in which the greatest storyteller in modern movies invites us to set aside any scepticism, look up, and believe.
The tension only serves a tale of obsession and sacrifice - qualities easily lost against the wondrous effects and heart-swelling hope.
I cannot recommend the 4K version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind enough.
This is a powerful movie with wonderful imagery. It still holds its own with modern science fiction epic movies after all these years. This is visual poetry combined with deeply emotional filmmaking of the highest order.
If you haven't seen it, you should. And if you've seen it 100 times, once more wouldn't hurt.
For all its wonder, spectacle and suspense, Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic is a movie about a smile that changes the course of human history. And there's something wonderful about that.
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