Sunday, October 18, 2015

618. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Directed by Steven Spielberg

I have been on such a high from the last few movies that this came as a bitter disappointment.  We have just seen some pretty great science fiction films and then this one comes along?  Not to mention the fact that this is Spielberg's follow up to Jaws.  Sigh.

Several people, including the wonderful Richard Dreyfuss, begin to experience strange phenomenon.  The obsession gradually takes them over, culminating in a rather ridiculous scene involving mashed potatoes.

Sorry for the shitty summary, but really I did not care for this movie one bit.  I have never been a huge fan of aliens.  There are exceptions, of course, but in general I find the whole concept to be boring.  There is never a satisfying ending; it usually just ends with some ambiguous abduction.  God, this film was dull.  I feel like nothing actually happens in this film, which is astounding to me, because Jaws was so exciting.

So disappointing but I am still eager to see Spielberg again.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Meryl Streep auditioned for the role of Veronica.

Steven Spielberg was displeased with this film, feeling like there wasn't enough "wowness."


  1. I agree, "E.T." aside Spielberg and aliens never meshed well with me.

  2. I think this is dated at this point. My big excitement in watching it was that i had been to Devil's Tower. I agree with this review!

  3. Thanks Paul and Diana! I think we would all be happy forgetting about this one.

  4. It's kind of nice to be back in good company and not being the one disagreeing with everyone. Decidedly Ho-hum ..