E.T. Phone Home

What can I say about E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that hasn’t been said already. It’s an absolute classic that holds up quite well today. I find myself watching it often. It’s also the best interpretation of a friendly alien creature in a film. Some might have even forgotten that it was in fact nominated for Best Picture and it was the highest grossing film for a time. In case you don’t know, (but at this point, everyone should) E.T. is about an alien who gets left behind on Earth. While there, he’s lured with Reese’s Pieces by a child named Elliot who helps him to “phone home.” Elliot is just a normal kid living with his mother, little sister, and older brother. They form a bond that connects them in more ways than one. It’s a Steven Spielberg film, so of course it’s good. One of his top 5 greatest films of all time. Just about every scene and line is memorable. The iconic shot of E.T. and Elliot biking across the moon, E.T.’s glowing finger, and of course the heart wrenching goodbye scene that always brings a tear to my eye. E.T. is also an icon in his own right. He has a short stature, brown skin, a big head, extended neck, and a friendly face. You’ll really come to love him by the end. Of course you’ll also love Drew Barrymore in her adorable breakout performance. The music is awe inspiring, the acting is quite good for child actors (Henry Thomas in particular), and the message of friendship is clear. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is just an overall terrific film, not to be missed.

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E.T. and Elliot fly across the moon

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