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of Spielberg's most personal films, "E.T." is a soulful
mix of fairytale and fable, as a benevolent alien visiting Earth becomes
stranded. Discovered by a lonely eight-year-old boy, Elliot (Thomas),
a friendship develops between the two as Elliot vows to help ET contact
his home while eluding government scientists determined to capture
The Extra Terrestrial
this pristine re-release is undoubtedly welcome, the big question
is whether the film's legendary sentimentality can work on today's
cynical, market-tested-to-death audiences. Well, with children silently
enthralled and adults wallowing in nostalgia, the answer is absolutely.
Spielberg's trademark mawkishness, he handles the film's high-emotion
material with assuredness and clarity. The relationship between
the boy and what ultimately was a puppet is so convincing and heart-rending;
most directors would kill for such resonance.
the 20th anniversary, there's a whole host of imperceptible new
additions, effects, and restored sequences. Subtle CGI broadens
ET's facial expressions, heightening an already hugely emotive face.
Cutely lumbering in the original, his movements are more fluid here,
particularly early on when he's pursued by scientists.
much talked about replacement of hand guns with walkie-talkies may
appear overly-censorious, but it's barely noticeable. The ultimate
family film has just been made that little bit more 'family'...
you're seeing it for the first time or the 20th, you'll marvel at
the movie's moments of sheer exhilaration, particularly the flying
bicycles sequence, massively bolstered by John Williams' remastered
and instantly recognisable score.
grab your hankies and sniffle with pride: "E.T." is Spielberg
at his purest, and his delightful film has been made even better.
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Reviewed by Danny
Graydon , BBC Films