April 28, 2014
Movie Night: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Review #573: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Henry Thomas (Elliott), Pat Welsh (E.T.), Robert MacNaughton (Michael), Drew Barrymore (Gertie), Dee Wallace (Mary), Peter Coyote (Keys), K. C. Martel (Greg), Sean Frye (Steve), and C. Thomas Howell (Tyler) Directed by Steven Spielberg (#126 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind, #168 - Raiders of the Lost Ark, #169 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, #170 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, #302 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, #351 - Schindler's List, #480 - Jaws, #563 - The Sugarland Express)
It's only fitting that I review this on my day off, E.T. is essentially a child's greatest fantasy come to life. It feels like if Spielberg bought the candy store that he went to as a kid and then made his own kind of candy. The movie feels like a time capsule back to the 80s (the Yoda costume, the same looking houses, playing RPG's...okay maybe it's not that old, Sesame Street...okay you could argue that's also a 70s/90s/00s flashback, faking sickness with a lamp - wouldn't be as easy to fake in this day and age), but also a trip back to youth itself, it makes anyone who watches it feel like a kid again. There are memorable moments such as when Gertie meets E.T., or most notably when E.T. and Elliott fly together on a bike. It seems that the kids are the only sensible ones in this movie, which I guess makes sense given the theme of this movie, which to me is all about friendship, about the bond of a kid and his alien. The effects on E.T. are good, it's not just some prop (Such as the ripoff Mac and Me), it's more than that. This is an emotional movie that pulls many punches and also pulls many parts of fun. I recommend this for everyone, as this is one of the better science fiction movies to watch and have fun with. Just don't play the video game based on this movie. For your own safety.
Overall, I give it 10 out of 10 stars.