I understand that how you react to this film is very much dependent on how old you were when you first watched it. When I first saw it, I was the same age as Elliott, and no matter how much I would've disregarded it if I encountered it now for the first time, and no matter how much I agree with Robin Wood's critique of the film and the E.T. phenomenon, I still like it and I still cry with E.T.'s death/departure.
Of the films that have ever been the all-time box office champ, ET is my favorite because it's the most lyrical. As much as Spielberg's sentimentality was criticized, think of how pleased we'd be today to see a smash that had no stars, a judicious use of FX, an intimate scale, and no pre-existing media franchise. Spielberg can be problematic, but his domain is children vs. disenchantment, and this is its masterpiece.
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Spielberg brings together elements from both religious myth and childhood experiences of loss and loneliness, then weaves them into a modern fairy tale of alien visitation. It's a potent combination: the entire piece feels like a profound exercise in emotional catharsis, made all the more powerful by his extraordinary ability to integrate humour and adventure. An extraordinary achievement.
This is maybe the most successfully illustrated journey to the childhood universe of dreams, emotions and imagination. Brilliantly shot by the master, with the exceptional cinematography of one of the best and personal favorites, Allen Daviau (Empire of the Sun), and beautifully played by the 3 little kid-actors. And of course Drew Barrymore's face was the epitome of cuteness.
Part of my childhood (an experience shared with millions of people) and one of those films which doesn't fade away as you grow up. Spielberg tackles his usual family themes and infuses the film with a childlike sense of wonder when it comes to the sci-fi elements. This is one of the few films that brings me to tears every time I watch - the ET hospital scene gets me every time.....
No matter how many times I watch E.T, I get choked up each and every time. E.T is the definition of "movie-magic". Spielberg makes you feel like a kid again: the wonder, the excitement, the isolation, the awe... it blows me away how effortlessly he touches your soul. E.T is a perfect film and makes you happy to be alive. Everyone has to see this once with your whole family together. This is why we go to the movies.