Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Sometimes, The Scariest Things Are What You Don’t See

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) is a fantastic movie. Well, up until the last ten minutes or so. Close Encounters is about, as IMDB puts it: Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO. The best part of this movie is what it doesn’t show you.

Most alien movie show you the alien pretty quickly. But this movie doesn’t. This movie barley shows you the UFOs. For most of the movie, the aliens are not seen and the UFOs are mostly shown as bright lights that keep you from getting a good look at them. It’s amazing. It’s what you can’t see that is the most terrifying. The horror and mystery of what these aliens look like and what they want is the most interesting and compelling part of the whole movie for me. It kept my eyes glued to my screen for the entire movie. It was so good. Until the end.

Now overall, I really like this movie. If you want a spoiler free viewing experience then stop reading now. You can stream it on Amazon Prime, right now.

To those of you have already seen the movie, or don’t care about spoilers… I don’t like the ending. At the end you see the aliens. The most compelling part of the movie was gone for me. The creature design of the aliens wasn’t bad or anything, I just didn’t need to see them. To me, the fun of the movie was the mystery. It was the horror of the unseen. But all of that goes out the window when that alien steps off the ship. Maybe I’m alone with this, but this is a hill I am prepared to- well… not die on. But certainly defend until someone makes interesting argument to the contrary.

I guess the mystery of what the aliens wanted is still preserved, unless it was shown/implied in the movie and my dumb brain didn’t notice.

This is a really great movie. But it could have been near perfect.

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