October 10, 2012


E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, 1982. A lost alien befriends a boy.

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Melissa Mathison. Starring Henry Thomas.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 3/4 (Good)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 4/4 (Great)
Pacing: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 4/4 (Great)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 2/4 (Indifferent). Some great music, used very poorly.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4). My wife and I hadn't seen this since we were kids, and we were both very surprised by how much of the movie had been over our heads. I didn't really like it back then, and it's no wonder; I didn't know what was really going on half the time. In a way it's good that Spielberg messed it up in 2002 by turning it into a cartoon; not being able to see it for ten years meant that I was able to come to it fresh now. It's a wonderful movie. Too heavy-handedly Spielberg-y in places, but still wonderful.
Objective Rating (Average): 2.9/4 (Good)

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