This neat fantasy, set in an American town, is a famous film directed by Steven Spielberg, that ended his golden period, that started with Jaws in 1975, and in 1984 was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom which didn’t quite live up to expectations. The film E.T. is on one level quite ordinary, an accurate observation of childhood down to the minute details. Children of a separated mother get on with life as best they can, when something extraordinary happens to change their lives, the appearance of an extra-terrestrial life form on their “doorstep”,
who is lost on planet earth, after failing to re-board his spaceship. The E.T. becomes an affectionate part of the family, while trying to hide him from mother and the snooping authority intent on discovering what’s going on under their noses. It’s an ode to childhood and all quite domesticated and wonderous at the same time, but one may take this mild fantasy with a grain of salt or the best thing since sliced bread. Giving a glimmer of hope to a family going through a hard time may be lost in the fantasy. The cute E.T. has apparently biased opinion. However, I was genuinely moved by the superb ending.
3 out of 5 stars