The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary
Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace-Stone,
Peter Coyote and Robert MacNaughton
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
E.T is back and as special as ever
The greatest thing about the E.T The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary
release is the new technology the filmmakers are able to apply
all these years later. The new generation of potential E.T. lovers
needs a bit more oomph for their special effects dollar, and though
the changes are subtle, they are for the better. Now you'll actually
be able to convince the X-Box generation E.T. is cool!
opening scene, for those who remember or own the video, had E.T.
'running' through the woods. Part of his charm was he seemed to
be rolling along on a dolly more than hot footin' it from the
feds. Now thanks to the wonder of CGI, E.T. looks like he's actually
got feet! See, sometimes revamping, and "restoring"
a film is good...
story is a mix of fantasy and fairy tale with morals about the
good old meaning of true friendship and loyalty thrown in. An
alien being is stranded here on Earth. He's scared silly and under
attack from those people who would dissect him, study him, and
he meets a young ten year old boy named, Elliot (Henry Thomas)
and the adorable being is safe for the time being.
is a kind boy and he's determined to keep E.T. safe until the
creature and he can figure out a way to get it home.
is very sad
and even if they cannot talk traditionally the
communication between the two is plain to see. E.T. is lonely,
confused and scared-- as any of us would be if we were lost ,
let alone 30,0000 light years from home!
commandeers a few of his friends to help with the homeward bound
mission and tip toes around his little sister and uber brat Gertie
(tiny Drew Barrymore).
she's found out about the lost fellow from outer space and thinks
he's precious in a living doll kind of way. She is tickled pink,
now she has a really cool if a tad creepy doll to play dress up!
Elliot has to convince her to stay quiet and discreet and stop
torturing the poor thing.
puts up with all the shenanigans the kids put him through, but
ultimately he just wants to phone home and exit this wacky place
he is growing fond of his new friends.
you've never seen this go now
stop reading and get to a theater.
If you remember it from your past
do yourself a favor and
rediscover E.T. Even as cynical as the world's become, E.T. still
makes you believe in good!
Spielberg decided to change a semi-violent scene that has poor
little E.T. and his rescuers under fire from the police. Real
guns are waved! No more! I too always thought that was a tad extreme
of the adults too. You're saving an animal/alien/thing and the
local police and government agencies are drawing guns on you?
And you are just these local normally law abiding children? Good
edit and retouch job. They have less severe objects in their hands
rest of the tale is in tact and truthfully the subtle changes
thanks to technology only make E.T. more real, and lovable. The
heart-warming friendship that blossoms, the intrigue as we learn
about the delicate fellow, and that infamous tear inducing ending
is still very much in place.
What a joy to see E.T. back on the big screen and the little edits,
that I feel they would have done -back then-if they could now
in place. I admit I adored this back then too. I bet now, all
the kids who wondered who this ugly thing was that they waited
two hours to take a quick bike ride with at the theme park will
be begging to go back and visit with E.T.!
forget to bring tissues.
recommendation: M&M's (it's their turn Reese's Pieces
have had 20 years!)