Friday, February 5, 2010

February 4, 2010

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
#21 on my Top 100 List
On the surface, the premise of this movie sounds absolutely ridiculous - a short squashy alien is stranded on Earth and recruits a little boy to help him return home. But under Steven Spielberg, that story of ET and Elliot has become one of the most endearing and moving stories of all time. The scene of the two of them biking through the air and crossing the moon has become one of the most iconic scenes in all of film history. It seems awfully far-fetched that ET could make an intergalactic transmitter out of an umbrella, a record player and a saw blade, but Spielberg makes me believe. The man with the keys is appropriately sinister (though the scene where the astronauts break into Elliot's house is really strange) and the end is heartbreaking.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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