Starman ★★★

One of the oddest films from the period when John Carpenter was a great director. He seems to be trying to compete with Spielberg here, taking ideas from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS & E.T. into a more adult setting. (Can you picture Spielberg, even now, making a movie where a woman gets impregnated by an alien?) The early scenes, in which Jeff Bridges learns how to become human by watching TV and picks up a gun, are a bit mannered. They also suggest a darker film than the one this one turns out to be. But at the risk of sounding like a heartless jerk, the kindness and warmth don't seem particularly felt; Carpenter seems more at home in the grim settings of THE THING & PRINCE OF DARKNESS.