E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Reviews
I put NOT INTERESTED in this??!!! What?! This is so cute!!! And so classic!!! Funny too!
A Californian small town kid named Elliot finds an alien who has crash landed in his backyard. Taking him in as a pet and exposing him to his older brother and younger sister, they try to avoid from their mother and a scheming team of government alien specialists.
Spielberg has ton of a great films and is a revolutionary director. I would, without a doubt, consider him one of the greatest directors of all time - I personally think Tarantino tops him on certain films - and ET is no exception. Spielberg was on a roll with alien related films in his early years as a director and ET is one of the pinnacles of his career. From the moment Elliot and ET's great chemistry is introduced, the film shines as something bold and immediately classic. Scenes like that with pure magic to it are all throughout the film. ET's abilities being exposed is great to watch and the big scene of the film is the flying bike scene, the scene shown on every poster, advertisement, or merchandise. ET also shows great child acting in a field that is hard to work with. Drew Barrymore as a kid is notable in the cast and is often brought up in discussion with ET. ET really is great, but something about the second half of the film seems really off. (Spoilers, btw) When ET is found sick and dying by Michael, the tone of the film turns from magic to bleakness - honestly this is what the film is trying to accomplish and it works but the atmosphere of the scene where Elliot and ET are both lying sick and being examined, talking to each other and a bleak white room - what once was magic turns to an odd change of tone to off putting. The end makes up for it, but even then a lot of sadness in the tone feels off for a film with a lot of imagination and color to its first half. This really is only minor, but it takes up a good half hour of the film. It seems like the film still could have been really effective without it and the ending still stay the same. ET is one of Spielberg's best and is one of the greatest childrens films ever, with a great premise, great chemistry, and lovable characters - it still holds up very well today and ET still proves as iconic as ever.
The relationship between the boy and the alien is excellent throughout, and the emotion between over the two heroes is something to invest in. And the animatronic alien (when they are not using CGI), is one of the greatest special effects I've seen.
The problem is that those emotional (Both Over-Happy and Over-Sad) scenes happen too often, and dragged for too long. I didn't feel as much atmosphere as I should have, instead I felt like I was watching some overly cute Disney Channel show with a big budget and big score. OK, that was too harsh...But no excuse for being melodramatic to the highest degree.
I can why this is a classic for many people, but I'll just put this in the "Meh" pile.
P.S. WE GET IT SPIELBERG!!! YOU AND GEORGE LUCAS ARE BEST BUDDIES! BUT THE STAR WARS REFERENCES WERE OUT OF CONTROL!!! NOT COOL,DUDE!