Will’s review published on Letterboxd:
I didn’t really know what to expect with this one. I’ve heard so many people talk about it but I’ve never really known what it was about other than some UFO’s plodding around Earth. It’s great. I’ll never get over Spielberg’s filmography. There’s a reason why he’s one of the most legendary filmmakers of all time.
I don’t know why but I was reluctant to watch this but I wish I saw it sooner. Even though it had a slow start, it had a very intriguing nature to it. It was funny, interesting, and to me, unique. I think the number one thing that kept the suspense and the magical feel of it, was the incredible score by our master, John Williams. I’m sure for almost everyone, I am yet to hear a piece of music by him that is bad. Everyone thing he creates is pure magic. I can’t find that feeling anywhere else when I listen to his pieces.
I really wasn’t expecting to see some incredible visuals with this. It’s absolutely beautiful. From the actually cinematography all the way to the SFX/VFX, it’s damn right stunning. Along with the set design, the whole visual side of this was perfect. Richard Dreyfuss was another component that I was not expecting to be so good. At one point he went full Al Pacino and went ballistic. That was cool to see.