Contact, 1997. Three Stars.
I could barely watch the beginning of this movie. I was bored!! I think it was the now-outdated mid-90's clothes and technology. With the exception being the very beginning with young Ellie and her dad: it was cool to see a little girl in a Hollywood movie nerd out about space, communications, and electronics. And the impact her dad's death had on her and how it kind of shaped her career-to-be.
Things picked up when they decode the alien message. That whole thing was pretty darn neat.
All the technology and space travel stuff is so COOL. The special effects in the space traveling machine and the encounter with the aliens is pretty and mesmerizing. And the whole "man is only beginning to begin to start comprehending life on other planets so you have to take it slow or your minds will melt" thing is very interesting. And you know, that whole "18 hours of static on tape" at the end... Eep!
I really wanted Matthew McConaughey to succeed in pulling off the cute-and-charming character in this movie, but his obvious dick-ittude always oozes out no matter what. This is the problem with Matthew McConaughey in movies!
I feel like mostly everyone saw this movie when it first came out. If you haven't, well if you ended up seeing this movie, your time would not be terribly wasted. The ending was really cool.
David Morse makes me so happy, I don't know why, but partly it could be the awesome range of characters he has played, and also his handsomeness. I also totally dig Jodie Foster.