Monday, September 11, 2017

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

As much as I've enjoyed Steven Spielberg's recent output (especially Catch Me If You Can, Munich and Tintin) I feel like his most formally experimental films (and therefore most interesting to me) are ET and Close Encounters. Both films are about communication and in keeping with that theme, are more reliant on music and visual storytelling than dialogue to get their point across. It's not about narrative, it's about mood and feeling. Characters make decisions they cannot verbalize but we understand. The music and images do the speaking for them. The score and cinematography help to form a psychic connection between us and the characters. It's as though a message from the heavens has been planted inside of us. It's absolute cinematic alchemy.

No comments:

Post a Comment