ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – E – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Melissa Mathison (Screenplay)
Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace, Robert Macnaughton, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye
Plot: A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial starts when a young boy Elliott (Thomas) gets a visit from an alien who has landed near his home. Elliott convinces his siblings Gertie (Barrymore) and Michael (MacNaughton) ET is harmless, they look to help him.
When ET starts getting sick the government arrive with Keys (Coyote) leading the investigation. Leading to the family to come together to try and save ET and send him home.
Thoughts on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial is a family friendly sci-fi adventure movie. Following a young family that offer to help a lost alien find his way home. The government are looking to make their own story about the visitor. This is considered one of the all time classic sci-fi movies. An essential movie for anyone to see, it is clear why. With the pure story about being kind to someone or something different, no matter how different they are.
The relationship built between ET and the children is one similar to a pet. Where they will do anything to protect the newest member of their family. ET doesn’t make the government side of things the most evil. As we have seen with many of alien based movies, with the film wanting to put the firm spotlight on friendship. The performances are wonderful in the film, along with the effects achieved to give ET his look.
Final Thoughts – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a true family friendly classic that has barely aged a day.