Directed by Steven Spielberg
137 min | 1977 min | USA | Rated PG
*Film begins at dusk.
It only takes five musical notes to be reminded of why Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest directors living today (only two if you’re watching Jaws). Some believe this film is a sincere reaction to Kubrick’s 2001’s question of man’s first contact with alien life.
Spielberg sets you in the shoes of simpleton Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and captures an intimate look at a family coping with the possibilities of either the existence of extraterrestrial life or their father/husband’s insanity. As wild as the film’s concept is, Spielberg keeps everything grounded and approachable, and therefore believable. Would you believe a loved one’s claim about coming into contact with an alien life form, or would you make reservations at the local Ramada before they finished their sentence?