the extraterrestrial, is befriended by a young family who keep his
presence secret, but there's trouble a'brewing...
(Henry Thomas) finds the short, thankfully passive, ET monster and,
along with his older brother and younger sister (Michael (Robert
MacNaughton) and Gertie (Drew Barrymore)), manage to keep the monster
secret from their mother (Mary (Dee Wallace)). ET seems to be able
to control the mind of Elliott: this leads to much in-school classroom
mayhem involving frogs...
has all of the emotion of a squashed cigarette packet on legs."
weepy, very slow, great to snooze through, subliminal marketing
friendly movie. The kids will love it, and then, hopefully, buy
the merchandising or we're ruined..."
of bicycles and, yet, none of our hero's wear safety helmets even
during the flying above the forest and in front of the moon scene!"
did the astronaut come to the house in his full walking-on-the-moon
costume? It makes no sense at all, but I am sure the Health and
Safety in the Workpace people were happy..."
first alien makeover in a movie, bravisimo!"
to 2D movie heaven! Some nice performances (Drew Barrymore is amazing)
populate this superficial effort where a brown, crinkly, ugly, alien,
with the bulbous glowing finger and big eyes, befriends children
who, initially, keep him a secret from their mommy in exactly the
same way children are told not to...
main character, of course, is the short, stocky, brown, crinkly,
thing we know as ET, a slightly rubbery-wobbly effort when judged
to today's standards.
No expense is spared to ensure marketing tie-ins from M&M's,
cans of Coke, baths, telephone services, pot plants for mommy, bicycles
with baskets in the front and Speak & Spell machines, which,
in their day, almost succeeded in giving the entire English speaking
world an American accent.
this movie is memorable and indeed is, probably, most touching,
if you get to the end of it. I, unfortunately, always fall to sleep
whenever I watch it. The ET monster, today, looks too rubbery for
this old wizened eye.
friendly. This movie may encourage children to bring home strays
or very short people off the streets, beware.
in all, a reasonably harmless movie, although it's all very superficial
stuff. The ending is likely to make you cry.