The Mother of all space movies if you let me tell it. This movie set the standard for alien coming to earth movies. Great on so many levels. A must see!!
Here are three good reasons why I only gave this old-school, Sci-Fi picture 2 stars -
(1) The scene with Roy and the mashed potatoes (and him desperately looking around at his family at the dinner table and saying, while pointing to the mound of potatoes - "This means something.") was particularly idiotic, to say the least.
(2) It made absolutely no sense to me why these aliens would be so braindead as to actually go ahead and dump a full-sized ocean-liner into the middle of the Gobi Desert. Is that stupid, or what!? (Hello!? Now, how the heck were the humans supposed to haul a gigantic sucker like that over to the nearest ocean?)
(3) It really killed me that before the team of volunteers went so bravely ahead, parading themselves on over to the aliens' ship, that a Catholic priest was suddenly present on hand in order to give them all "god's" blessing and a bon voyage, to boot. Ha! That was a total howl, and a half!
Like, didn't director Steven Spielberg even have enough common sense to realize the sheer stupidity of including such a ridiculous "religious" scene as the likes of that into a film about aliens landing on Earth? Talk about a pack of totally clueless and misdirected nonsense to the 10th power!
I echo what Overcooked cookies said! A visually amazing movie that isnt JUST special effects, but also a great story added makes this movie a masterful work of cinema by Director Stephen Spielberg. A grand sense of awe and wonder prevails throughout the progression of this movie, and you get a sense of the situation the central character, played by Richard Dreyfuss finds himself a part of. One of the very best science fiction films out there today, and while it is no STAR WARS in it's own indominable way, it magically enwraps you, and enchants!
Thirty years on some aspects of this film have aged poorly. The human aspect of the story holds up, but the special effects aren't worth all the wait and build up to see.... a flying ice cream cone.
Should be seen by all as a historical period piece, just be prepared.
Not at all a fan of Richard Dreyfuss. This movie is not terrible, but he drives me nuts.
One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.
One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater. A++ DVD
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