Monday, 1 April 2013

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial Review (Updated)











E.T. the Extra Terrestrial


Release Date: 26th November 1982 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Amblin Entertainment (Uncredited)

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Sci-Fi/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 115 minutes


Budget: $10,500,000

Box Office Gross: $792,910,554
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
A meek and alienated little
boy finds a stranded
extra-terrestrial. He has
to find the courage to
defy the authorities to
help the alien returns to
its home planet.


Cast
Henry Thomas - Elliott
Robert MacNaughton - Michael
Drew Barrymore - Gertie
Dee Wallace-Stone - Mary
Peter Coyote - Keys
Pat Welsh - E.T. (Voice) (Uncredited)
K.C. Martel - Greg
Sean Frye - Steve
C. Thomas Howell - Tyler

Crew
Producer/Director - Steven Spielberg
Writer/Associate Producer - Melissa Mathison
Producer - Kathleen Kennedy
Space Ship Design: ILM -
Ralph McQuarrie
Production Designer - James D. Bissell
Director of Photography - Allen Daviau
Creator: E.T. - Carlo Rambaldi
Visual Effects Supervisor - Dennis Muren
Film Editor - Carol Littleton
Voice Designer: E.T. - Ben Burtt
Music - John Williams


Awards

1983 Academy Awards
Best Sound Effects - Robert Knudson,
Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo &
Gene S. Cantamessa (Won)
Best Visual Effects - Carlo Rambaldi,
Dennis Muren & Kenneth Smith (Won)
Best Sound Editing - Charles L. Campbell
& Ben Burtt (Won)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Won)
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Best Picture - Steven Spielberg &
Kathleen Kennedy (Nominated)
Best Director - Steven Spielberg (Nominated)
Best Cinematography - Allen Daviau (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Carol Littleton (Nominated)


Review
G'day, this is your favourite movie guy Film Guru Lad, here's a special review of a special movie that I just reviewed. It's directed by Steven Spielberg and it happened to be the most cherished of all his features aside from JAWS (click here) and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (click here) which I actually love. I think that kids movies are too cute, tolerable and overrated and in my opinion, I find them very enjoyable for just families, but for E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL, I feel this is suitable for all ages and I pretty much finding it to be an overwhelming classic.

The cast was very good in their roles including young Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore whom the pair had started their careers as stars and the orchestral music score by John Williams that sounds very powerful and mighty which rivals Beethoven as the greatest composer to have ever lived. Previously, I said about WALL-E (click here) was better than E.T., well, I do find the 1982 classic to be the second best family sci-fi picture and many other people that have tried to imitate it like MAC & ME which I have never seen, didn't seem to work or appeal for the audiences and it's just a movie that can't be criticised.

If you enjoyed this film, I would strongly recommend that you find another sci-fi movie SUPER 8 (click here) that shares the same qualities as E.T. and is appealing to you. Next up tomorrow, I will be reviewing the final and third Lord of the Rings feature of the main trilogy THE RETURN OF THE KING.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


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