Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind ★★★★★

There’s something deeply gratifying about watching "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." To one’s surprise, especially mine since this was my first time ever seeing the film, Spielberg’s 1977 sci-fi treasure is a startlingly enigmatic piece about the mystifying allure of the unknown and how that bewilderment can be wholly consuming of the mind. More so than fearing that which we don’t understand, we find ourselves tirelessly pursuing an almost certainly unavailable answer to the uncharted territory of our desire. The experience of it all is consistently awe-inspiring and definitely unlike the other films of the genre that this director has helmed. Gorgeous, unexpectedly mature, heart-wrenching, and entirely engrossing. There are few filmmakers that are able to capture your imagination so completely and this film is a perfect example of a master doing just that.

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