Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind ★★★½

Coming from the commercial & critical success of Jaws, Steven Spielberg crafted the most ambitious film of his then young career with Close Encounters of the Third Kind; a story about UFOs & extra-terrestrial life. The plot concerns a line worker whose life undergoes a complete overhaul after his encounter with an UFO as he finds himself obsessively drawn to a place where something extraordinary is about to happen.

The film presents an even more creative side of Steven Spielberg who leaves no stone unturned to make it a visually spellbinding experience. Brilliantly setting its staging, cleverly handling its elements of mystery, intelligently creating its uncertain atmosphere, and steadily pacing the narrative from start to finish, Spielberg effortlessly infuses the adventurous flavour into this tale that brings elements from many genres into one.

For the majority of its runtime, Close Encounters had my unabridged attention but unfortunately it loses it in the final minutes as I found the ending a bit overly stretched than required, though it was still visually striking. Other aspects like production design is no doubt impressive, cinematography is gorgeous, editing paces the film really well, performance are fine throughout, visual effects is high quality stuff & music by John Williams provides a heartfelt touch to its story.

On an overall scale, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a highly entertaining film that brims with Spielberg's passion for filmmaking from its opening moments and also showcases the remarkable balance this director manages to maintain over different aspects of his ambitious project. Intriguing, gripping & mysterious, this sci-fi feature boasts all the ingredients of a successful extravaganza and even though its ending left me slightly underwhelmed, the film still delivered what it promised.

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