Monday, February 13, 2017

Movie Review: "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)

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Movie"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"
Year Nominated: 1983
Director: Steven Spielberg
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Did It Win?: No.

An alien who gets accidentally left behind by his family befriends a young boy who helps him contact his ship so he can get back home. 

"E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" is directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg. It is written by the late Melissa Mathison, who also wrote films like "The Indian in the Cupboard," and most recently, "The BFG." It stars Henry Thomas as a young boy named Elliot, who has been acting out ever since his father left their family and started shaking up with another lady. One night while getting a pizza from the delivery man, Elliot happens upon a strange creature and promptly freaks out. Naturally, no one believes the story of what he saw. After waiting up for this being the next night, Elliot comes to find out what he saw was real and eventually befriends an alien, which he names "E.T." E.T. has been stranded on Earth by his family and now must find a way to get back home with the help of Elliot, his older brother Michael, played by Robert McNaughton, and their little sister Gertie, played by a very young Drew Barrymore.

"E.T." is a classic in our eyes, but it is especially one of BigJ's favorites. Going to see this movie is one of his earliest theater-going memories, and considering he was only three when it came out, that's saying something. It is a movie that has really stuck with us over the years, one we repeatedly watch as if we were little kids viewing it for the first time. "E.T." is a heartwarming tale of getting over your fears and finding friendship, connection, and love from the most unexpected places. We have always liked the way Steven Spielberg has handled family filmmaking as he never seems to talk down to his audience or shy away from emotional and sometimes more mature themes.

This is a film with really wonderful visuals and special effects, especially for its time. Carlo Rambaldi and his team were able to create a wonderful creature and really breathe life into it. E.T. looks and feels real, maybe even more so than some of the CGI characters we see in the movies of today. Rambaldi, along with Dennis Murren and Kenneth Smith, took home the much deserved Oscar for Best Visual effects for their efforts here. Speaking of Academy Awards, "E.T." wound up being nominated for 9 Oscars total, including best picture, and took home four: one for the aforementioned visual effects, two for sound, and another for the now iconic score by John Williams. If you ever need the perfect example of how a score can aid a film in more ways than you could ever imagine, listen to the score for "E.T." Dear god, what an immersive musical experience!

"E.T." is a film we believe can truly transcend generations, one that can be enjoyed just as much today as it was the day it was released. We know we love it just as much now as we did then, and we now have an even deeper, greater appreciation for it as adults. Please, see this film and show it to your friends, your kids, your nieces and nephews, your parents, anyone you can. It is a truly spectacular piece of filmmaking.

My Rating: 10/10
BigJ's Rating: 10/10
MDB's Rating: 7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%
Do we recommend this movie: ABSOLUTELY YES!!!
Last Oscar season, we were watching: "42nd Street"

Two Oscar seasons ago, we were watching: "The Maltese Falcon"

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