I wish I felt closer to this movie, but I don’t. Sure, there are some good parts in this film. I love the part where Dreyfuss goes crazy and makes mountains out of his mashed potatoes. I love that Teri Garr is in this from Young Frankenstein. What I don’t love is the weird random French guy that doesn’t make sense for the film’s plot. Why does he have to speak French the whole time and need a translator? It just seems like a weird choice. I do always love the music of John Williams and let’s be honest, Richard Dreyfuss was pretty great in this. He’s a pretty talented actor. I just think the film gets really slow toward the end. The final scene is pretty 70’s trippy and just ends out of nowhere. It just feels very unfinished. I’d say the first half is an excellent (sometimes scary) Sci-Fi film and the other half is this weird conspiracy theory bad X-Files episode. Sorry I wasn’t kind, or even third kind… but I wanted to like this movie a lot more than I did.
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)