Close Encounters of the Third Kind rereleased to theaters

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by primejive, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. SgtPepper1983

    SgtPepper1983 Forum Resident

    Berlin, Germany
    Sometimes I just miss the 'warm' look of older Spielberg movies. Kaminski is phantastic but has this certain coldness to his style that I find always to be there.
  2. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Those could be color-correction decisions. We'll see what Spielberg does with West Side Story next year.
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  3. Dream On

    Dream On Forum Resident

    I just saw this movie recently. I'm not a big sci-fi fan though I have enjoyed some sci-fi movies.

    I think this movie's biggest appeal is to people who saw it in 1977. I don't want to say the film is dated but there is almost no way to view something in 2019 for the first time and feel the way you'd feel if you viewed it for the first time in 1977, when I think the world was more mysterious and people were more impressionable.

    As a film in and of itself, I'd give it probably 6/10. To me, breaking it down, we have a story about UFO sightings. Then one guy goes crazy (not believably so, they should have tuned that down a bit and just made him very obsessive - the throwing dirt into his kitchen bit was silly), and then the story turns to people trying to get to the big hill where this is happening. This is basically the movie until the big payoff when we get what? Musical tones and then some brief mingling with aliens like they are all at a cocktail party.

    No questions are answered - like how did these people know about the big hill, why did the aliens take people, why did they choose the people they chose, what did they do with them, what was man's response to the events over the course of time, why did we seem to trust the aliens, etc.

    I guess the point was not about answering these questions but as a viewer I wanted them to dig in a little deeper because the movie just felt really shallow for something that lasted over 2 hours and dealt with this subject matter.

    To me the term 'dated' means more than this. It's not about clothing styles, or whether people have cellphones, or the lack of computer checks, or synthesizers in music. Ok, it is about those things, but that is surface stuff, stuff that will make all things dated eventually. I think the term, when leveled as a criticism, cuts much deeper.

    I can watch movies from the '30s, '40's, 50's, and 60's and have no issues. I love watching Hitchcock movies, many of which are from those times. The story and the events that transpire transcend all the superficial dated aspects that come with movies from this time period.

    To me, 'dated' would mean a movie that does not have that, or does not have enough of that, so that all one can see is the fact that the movie came from another time. To compare it to 80's music - there is music from the 80's that uses synthesizers, but the music is great and it's timeless. That's not dated any more than just on the surface; to be truly dated, that would be those songs that have not held up, maybe because the use of synthesizers was too much, or there just wasn't a great song there. 60's music is the same; a lot of it sounds dated to me because many songs just have too much of that sound and certain kinds of lyrics, but there are many songs from that period that still hold up today.

    I think everything eventually becomes dated if you look at it on the surface, but what the term is really about is does something stand up to time, so that it can be appreciated decades later by people of a different generation? I think Close Encounters has enough of that - I wouldn't call it dated. I just personally didn't think it was a great film.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2019
  4. Downsampled

    Downsampled Formerly PlusMinus

    Ah, well I am certainly very familiar with that!

    No worries; now I understand!
  5. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    Just watched it on a small screen in the local library. Must say I found it over-wrought and boring compared to my vague memories of seeing it when it was a new movie. I suffer from too many years watching X-files...

    I guess it was one of those themes that humans seem to need when they search for meaning in life ( a higher power). I do remember once criticizing 2001 for its use of the God thing, as I called the Monolith and the introduction of tools to the apes.

    And it was very hard to make out dialogue when 5 people are speaking at once :)
  6. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    That makes me laugh :)
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