There are those handful of precious, important films that have undeniably shaped countless childhoods. Steven Spielberg’s childlike view of an alien encounter is one of them. E.T. THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL has already touched the heart of generations of young moviegoers and it’s barely over three decades old.
We all know the story: Elliot, a lonely kid living in suburban California, who’s room is chock full of the toys he plays with to substitute his lack of friends, comes across a shy Alien in his backyard. At first both are scared, but soon Elliot realizes the creature’s gentle nature and befriends him. Quickly the two develop a strong bond of friendship and Elliot decides to hide the alien, who he calls E.T., from his mother.
One of the most ingenious, imaginative, heartfelt, unpretentious science-fiction films ever made, E.T. makes the bold choice telling a direct story in a simple way.