I always loved the atmosphere in this


The sense of wonder, the eerieness of the main character, covered in mud, toiling away to build his Devil's Tower replica in the living room whilst adverts and soaps played on his TV, and he only takes a moment to look out of his window to see everyone else living their lives without any cares. Or when the little boy sees something in his kitchen that makes him stare, or when the aliens come to take the little boy away from his mother, scenes like that.

The atmosphere that only Stephen Spielberg could muster in his early movies. This is also in E.T., but less pronounced there, I feel.

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It's true, few films get being inside the homes of real people quite that right. They always want to present film heroes' homes as much nicer and posher than they would be in real life.

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Yes, one of the few films I have seen that produces a true sense of wonder, helped by a great creepy mysterious story, a nearly flawless score by John Williams and special effects that are astonishing. So much so that I can overlook the limitations in the aliens when we finally see them.

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