Running Time (minutes): 115
Description: Elliot is your normal boy, until one day, when he meets a little lost alien. Elliot decides to keep the alien, in which he gives the name E.T. Elliot works with E.T. in trying to find him a way to get back home. Elliot must make the difficult sacrifice. Whether to help his new friend or to lose him? Whatever the decision is, Elliot must keep him hidden, as someone else is out to look for him.
Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Loved ET, didn’t like Elliot. I also thought lots of scenes had awkward transitions. The audio-describer was too busy enjoying herself (which was quite cute at times, especially in the ending) to explain everything clearly, namely:
– Why did the doctors/government/police/etc know where ET was? What were they tracking all the time?
– Do aliens invade the house only to leave ET lying in that bath? No, apparently that were te doctors.
– And why on Earth does Elliot become sick as well? Makes no sense.
The main theme by John Williams is of course brilliant, but there’s another motif that really resembles the Imperial March from Star Wars an awful lot, the government theme I think. One does not simply plagiarise oneself like that! I also don’t like how Williams tackles emotional scenes. Apart from the flying theme, the entire finale didn’t move me at all, just like the music when Elliot talks to ET at a critical moment and it’s not the first time Williams fails me when it comes to emotional music. He’s great at majesty, but when it comes to feelings, his music just never works for me.