In my eyes, this is one of the world’s perfect movies. As a child, it filled me with wonder and ignited my imagination for apparently the rest of my life (so far, at least). As an adult, that wonder is still there, but is now accompanied by an appreciation for some of the more technical aspects of the film-making process, as well as the performances throughout – specifically the children and the puppet alien (E.T. was never CGI in my world).
I remember when the film was re-released into theatres, my family took my grandmother to see it, I think in part so she wouldn’t be scared of E.T. anymore. I guess I can see how he’d be scary or odd-looking if one hasn’t seen the film, but if you have, I’d like to think any fear will have disappeared long before the final credits rolled. In fact, if you don’t get misty-eyed at least once throughout the course of this film, I’d like to think you don’t actually have a soul.
There isn’t much anyone need say about this movie. It is a timeless classic that forever has my heart, and is also cemented on my Top 10 Films of All Time list.
Now go get your bike and have some Reese’s Pieces on standby, just in case…