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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on January 21, 2006

I hadn’t watched CE3K for about five years, although I saw it many times as a child.  I figured I’d give it one last viewing and then get rid of it.  But I can’t.  It’s not a brilliant or insightful story, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and it’s kinda corny.  But it so perfectly awakens that childlike sense of awe and marvel.  And the fact that the film manages to completely ignore the aliens for over an hour in the middle and yet still command your attention is a testament to Spielberg’s storytelling skills (when he’s working with the right material).  After Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s perhaps his most captivating creation.  Rating: 9


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