Sunday, 2 December 2012

E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Tom:
E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial,1982,USA
Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace & Drew Barrymore

Elliot: He's a man from outer space and we're taking him to his spaceship.
Greg: Well, can't he just beam up?
Elliot: This is *reality*, Greg.

Film #8 of The December Project

Steven Spielberg's 'E.T' has to be considered one of the most beloved films of all time, It continues to capture the imagination of whole new generations of viewers. Recently E.T has been subject to a whole Blu-Ray transfer, I recently purchased the digi book edition of eBay and was excited to revisit the film I haven't seen in around 10 years.

An Extra Terrestrial is left stranded on Earth alone and being chased Government agents. He stumbles upon a young lonely boy named Elliot, the two strike up an unlikely friendship that sees Elliot and his family attempt to defy the authorities and return E.T home.

Watching 'E.T' today felt almost like watching it for the first time, I'm honestly not sure why haven't revisited it in so long. After seeing again today its easy to see why its so beloved.

Few filmmakers have been able to capture audiences imaginations quite like Steven Spielberg, and E.T may be the finest example of that. This film takes an Alien and makes it one of the most relateable characters put on film, how is that possible ? because E.T is faced with a world he doesn't understand, alone and frightened, haven't we all been in that position weather it be at a school, workplace etc. Its a very beautiful tale and one that you will never forget.

The film is so tone perfect and so well orchestrated, you can clearly tell a master is behind the camera, Spielberg has also been brilliant at extracting pure realism from characters, and he has always been able to get the very best out of his child actors, and this is no exception getting good performances out of Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton and the adorable Drew Barrymore in one of her earliest film roles.

One of the greatest film composer's of all time John Williams, created yet another masterful score for E.T, Like all great scores it never takes away from whats happening on the screen, but instead enhances the experience.

Also, the Blu-Ray transfer looks fantastic, you can really tell how much work Universal has put into cleaning up the film, it looks magnificent and its mind boggling to think the film was released 40 years ago.

All the performances here are great, the children are all very good, I also want to mention Dee Wallace, her character was probably the saddest part of the film for me, a really good performance.

E.T is an obvious classic. I did not grow up in the 80's so I can never really have that strong connection to the film that so many have, but I can definitely appreciate Spielberg's masterful filmmaking achievement.

****

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