Foggy’s review published on Letterboxd:
Damn those aliens know how to lay down some funky beats!
Oddly enough this is probably one of Spielberg's strongest film yet also quite widely forgotten. Not to say the film isn't influential and hasn't been able to maintain its classic status, far from it in fact. It's just when you mention Spielberg, this is one that comes up last in discussion.
Even stranger though is the film itself, strongly inspired by the tone of 2001 amongst many others, Close Encounters is probably Spielberg's artiest film. Focusing the attention on the character drama instead of sci-fi alien spectacle, the film aims to portray a feasible situation where we come into contact with alien life forms. And it mainly succeeds.
The only problem I have is with a character decision in the end, it's a bit selfish and doesn't really add up with what was set up, but I'm pretty sure the situation in real life would play out the same way.
Close Encounters is just one of those purely cinematic film, the characters aren't particularly drawn out, the plot isn't handed to you on a platter and makes you fill in most the blanks. It just simply an atmospheric film, it's simply a cinematic journey in it's simplest form and it's just a breeze to watch.