It is, in a strong if minority opinion (mine included), Spielberg’s greatest film… In an image both richly reverberate yet going beyond the director’s previous work, it’s what E.T. might have felt if we had gone to his planet—he’d finally gotten home, only to realize he no longer fit in. That ultimate isolation—the loneliness of growing up and beyond one’s parents, has its most potent expression here… Empire ends not with reassurance but with a question mark. What will this boy become?
January 03, 2017