As a franchise and a brand, Peanuts undoubtedly has value, but this particular chapter is hermetically sealed in the 1970s.
It remains funny (at times uproarious), romantic, honest, and touching – all the kinds of things one wants from a smart rom-com that refuses to be guided by the genre’s tropes.
A perfect time capsule that gives a real sense of what it was like to breathe the air of a recognizable yet wholly different New York City.
This was the movie that reshaped the industry (for better or worse); it’s possible to argue that no more important film was released during the second half of the 20th century.
Re-released for its 40th Anniversary: "Close Encounters" is the complete package, and it shines as brightly in its latest iteration as it did in its first.