"E.T. phone home..."
I don't know if it's possible, by any stretch of the imagination, to find Steven Spielberg's E.T. anything less than a perfect movie. The whole experience completely blew me away, and just the thought of this movie being made almost 30 years ago makes the film seem even more amazing.
The whole movie has not dated one bit. Every time we see that little fat alien it never looks fake - not even for a second. For the whole time he looks incredibly real, without any hint of flaws at all. The whole story is classic, and the whole experience is filled with moments of true nostalgia.
E.T. is the tale of a little ugly-but-loveable alien who comes to Earth with others from his species. But as the government arrives at the scene, the aliens pack up and leave...inadvertently leaving behind one of their own. The story then turns to a young boy named Elliot (Thomas) who lives with his family. In a bad state of mind because of the recent divorce of his parents, Elliot is having trouble coping. But one night his whole life is changed when he finds the little alien in his garden shed. Of course, no-one believes what he saw...until Elliot decides to bring the alien into his home and harbour him from the harsh world that surrounds them. But the government have not called off their search for the little extra terrestrial they know was left behind, and now know where he is hiding.
E.T. is a film filled with incredible power. With each new film Spielberg sets the bar even higher with his new state-of-the-art special effects and innovative concepts. Spielberg conceived the whole concept himself, and this only heightens my respect for the man. His directing is always done to perfection. He knows how each shot will play out, and must reach perfection before the film's completion.
And John Williams' score...was absolutely flawless. The music gave me goosebumps because it was so powerful, and it still gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. The power of the movie never wears off no matter how many times you've seen it. If anything, it's more powerful with each new screening. The score is triumphant, inspirational and poignant.
The whole sound design was amazing. The little alien sounded so oblivious and innocent, and his tone of voice is so gorgeous not to mention adorable.
Performances are loaded with power. Young Henry Thomas, star of the show, carries the film incredibly. He's a young actor, but he can't be flawed in terms of acting skills. He had me in tears. It was interesting seeing young Drew Barrymore in the cast. She's still a young girl and she looks so delightful.
Almost 30 years on, E.T. is a film that still captures the hearts of contemporary audiences. It stands the test of time and is a true classic. I was in tears for the whole movie, and you will be too - in terms of both sadness and the poignancy of the experience. Do not miss this one or you will be passing up one of the greatest films of all time.