July 11, 1997


contactI love this movie, although I find the omnipresence of CNN anchors as the Greek chorus distracting.
Rewatching the movie in 2017, I appreciated that the movie realistically depicts men steamrolling over Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) at every opportunity, especially Tom Skerritt's character. What was truly galling was when her would-be boyfriend Matthew McConaughey deliberately torpedoes her chance to visit the aliens - literally a once-in-a-humanity opportunity - because he loves her and doesn't want her to go.
(Hoyt's Cinemas South Portland)