If you have ever made a movie (some of us), thought about making a movie (most of us), or seen a movie (everyone), then you should see this film. Directed/written by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, this film is almost a dream-come-true for anyone who loved "Jaws" and "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind" (and any film that was released in the 1970s), or anyone who had a childhood.
With a fantastic cast of young kid-actors, this movie is an enjoyable film that is filled with adventure, suspense, joy/sorrow, and a few genuinely scary moments. The characters do not feel contrived, and have strong traits that allow for immediate connections with all of the wide cast!
Watching the movie, I truly felt that I was watching my own childhood (and that's the power of Spielberg).
The movie is believable, and feels familiar (in a nostalgic sense), but is certainly like nothing else.
I, personally, would love to see it again!
My ranking: 4.5/5 stars