I’ve had this massive urge to go on a sci-fi kick for a while now, so my bad if that’s all I wanna see for a couple weeks lol.
The first two hours here are really, really good. It’s much a political/social commentary as it is sci-fi: some of its most memorable scenes involve no aliens, instead focusing our amazement on humanity’s very probable hysteria following the discovery of extra-terrestrial life. At the same time, it’s obvious that Carl Sagan got to play a hefty role in writing the film because there’s a lot of really interesting science that isn’t completely inaccessible to most viewers.
Unfortunately, the last half an hour is quite disappointing. Although I appreciate the thematic meaning of the ending, I think it fails to live up to the sense of utmost importance that had been built up over the first 2 hours.