Kubrick feared that people would laugh at the cliché of [aliens with] spindly figures with oversize heads. I confess to siding with Kubrick on this one. I find the aliens creepy, and the finale wildly overblown. . . . Still, most spectators are as spellbound as Spielberg himself is, thanks to the filmmaker’s emotional investment in the extraterrestrials with a sincerity Kubrick never could have managed.
January 03, 2017