Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Few times in Theater in ’82, cable, video, DVD, 11 Mar 2002, 3 Jul 2014 and 20 Mar 2015)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – An alien from another planet accidently gets left behind on Earth and is found and befriended by a young boy.
My Take on it – Once again I had the opportunity to watch one of the movies that made me love the wonders of cinema and share that experience with my kids.
Its obviously impossible to exactly duplicate the experience that I had when I saw this movie in the theater when I was 8, but just the ability to be there to share with my kids their first viewing of this classic was an experience of its own.
Steven Spielberg knows how to make compelling and engrossing movies by adding all of the elements that make us want to love the movies he makes.
By giving us a great story, memorable and loveable characters and music to get us into the action we can easily be drawn into what’s happening on the screen while hoping the experience will never end.
Bottom Line – Excellent story that includes so many of the elements that make a great movie. Proof once again of Spielberg’s genius when it comes to making movies. Very nostalgic for me and to have been able to share the experience with my kids was so amazing. Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The filmmakers had requested that M&M’s be used to lure E.T., instead of Reese’s Pieces. The Mars company had denied their request and so Reese’s Pieces were used instead. As a direct result, Reese’s Pieces sales skyrocketed. Because of this, more and more companies began requesting that their products be used in movies – a common practice which was done previously with the James Bond film franchise (the end credits of a Bond film prior to 1982 have had their end credits when contributing companies had their product used in a feature film). Thus, product placement was born. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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