Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

This was all kinds of awesome.

The first half reminded me of Jeff Nichols' 2011 film Take Shelter. Both feature men who become completely obsessed, one by his bizarre premonitions, and the other with an unexplainable object that he can't get out of his mind. Both men become so fixated on these things that their family lives are destroyed. Whether Take Shelter was at all inspired by Close Encounters, I don't know but those are the similarities I noticed.

Of course, the second half is different. I like how information about these UFOs isn't spoonfed to you and remains mysterious right up to the end. The reason for the obsession by the main character and other various people isn't explored too much either, but it's better that way. It was kinda selfish for the dude to go on the UFO and leave his poor family behind though!

The designs of the UFO and of the aliens themselves resembled 50's style science fiction rather than the likes of Star Wars and 2001. It was pretty cool.

I totally had no idea that Francois Truffaut acted, especially in an English language film. I was very surprised to learn he had a part in this film. Awesome though.

Real good stuff.