Quick Film Guide – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is not only one of the most universally beloved films of all time but also one that best represents Steven Spielberg’s cinema. It should come as no surprise, given the personal ties the filmmaker had to its story, which revolved around an imaginary friend he created as a child after his parents’ divorced in the ’60s.

The fairytale-like story is about an alien who, stranded alone on Earth, takes shelter in the house of a little boy named Eliott. The two become great friends but when a team of scientists finds out about him, Elliott realizes the best way to help save him is to help him get back home.

At its core, E.T. is a story of the power of friendship. Each of the elements of the story is carefully dosed, and the balance of adventure, emotion, humour and special effects have assured its longlasting charm never fade over the years. A lot of the feature’s appeal also rests on the delightfulness of the young cast – including Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore – as well as an unforgettable soundtrack by John Williams and E.T. himself, designed by Carlo Rambaldi.

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