Paul Robinson’s review published on Letterboxd:
Richard Dreyfuss is Roy Neary, as he drives to investigate a huge power outage his truck stalls and he witnesses a bright light above his truck that then mysteriously disappear. As the days pass he begins to have some strange visions and hears five musical notes over and over again. The search for the origins of these mysteries begins to consume him and soon he will stop at nothing to find out who or what has placed them in his mind. We follow his character through the varying states of confusion, child like wonder and emotional breakdown. He becomes increasingly distant from his job, friends and family and controversially he chooses to continue his search for the meaning behind all of his visions regardless of the consequences to his relationships. Through all the heartache, relationship breakdown and confusion Close Encounters pays off well as all characters are ultimately witness to one of the most important things they will ever see, bringing them all together in awe and wonder. Spielberg’s Sci-Fi fantasy is full of mystery, intrigue and some great camera set pieces. It is a great story that delves into a number of interesting characters. In recent years we have reached saturation point with “alien encounter” films but this one always sticks in my mind as one of the best.