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E.T.The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (U)

E.T.The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film run time: 1hr 54m

A cinematic fairy tale of a young boy Elliott and his best friend E.T., remains Spielberg’s most personal and touching film.

You could argue that E.T. is primarily a wish-fulfilment fantasy - who wouldn’t want a best friend who’s not only an alien but has magical telekinetic powers! However, this tear-jerking tale is rooted in Spielberg’s own childhood feelings of isolation and anxiety following his parents’ divorce. Elliott is similarly from a broken home and the symbiotic relationship between him and E.T. grows throughout the film until E.T.’s very survival depends on the boy’s love and empathy.

Spielberg draws incredible naturalistic performances from his child cast, especially Henry Thomas (Elliott) and Drew Barrymore as sister Gertie. A wonderful script by Melissa Mathison and a surging score by John Williams pack a mighty emotional punch, but the unsung hero is Carlo Rambaldi, who created E.T (from Spielberg’s initial concept of Einstein’s eyes on a baby’s face). It’s impossible to keep in mind that the small creature isn’t real. He expresses puzzlement, anxiety, mischief, humour, affection and loneliness with eloquent ease.