Movie Review: E.T, The Extra-Terrestrial

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E.T, The Extra-Terrestrial Summary

Alien botanists secretly visit Earth at night to gather specimens in a California forest. One of the aliens separates from the group, fascinated by the distant city lights, but U.S. government vehicles arrive and chase the startled creature. The other aliens depart, abandoning the creature on Earth. In a nearby neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, ten-year-old Elliott Taylor’s suspicions are roused when he pitches a baseball into a tool shed, and the ball is thrown back. Later that night, Elliott returns with a flashlight and discovers the creature among the cornstalks. The creature shrieks and flees the scene.

Despite his family’s disbelief, Elliott leaves a trail of candy to lure the alien into his house. Before bed, he realizes the alien is imitating his movements. The next morning, he feigns sickness to stay home from school and play with him. Elliott can “feel” the alien’s thoughts and emotions, shown when the alien accidentally opens an umbrella, startling him and simultaneously Elliott several rooms away. Later that day, Elliott introduces his older brother Michael and seven-year-old sister Gertie to the alien, deciding to keep him hidden from their mother, Mary. When the children ask the alien about his origins, he shows them by levitating several balls, representing his planetary system and demonstrates his powers by reviving dead flowers. He demonstrates his healing power, through his glowing fingertip, on a minor cut on Elliott’s finger.Makeshift communicator used by E.T. to phone home. Among its parts is a Speak & Spell, an umbrella lined with tinfoil, and a coffee can filled with other electronics.

At school the next day, Elliott begins to experience a much stronger empathic connection with the alien, including exhibiting signs of intoxication (because the alien is at his home, drinking beer and watching television) and freeing the frogs in his biology class. As the alien watches John Wayne kiss Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man on TV, Elliott kisses a girl he likes similarly and is sent to the principal’s office.

The alien dubs himself “E.T.” , reading a comic strip where Buck Rogers, stranded, calls for help by building a makeshift communication device, and is inspired to try it himself. E.T. gets Elliott’s help to build a device to “phone home” by using a Speak & Spell. Michael notices that E.T.’s health is declining and that Elliott is referring to himself as “we”. Throughout this, the boys are unaware that E.T is being tracked by the Government agents and they are now being spied on.

On Halloween night, Michael and Elliott dress E.T. as a ghost to sneak him out. Elliott and E.T. head through the forest, where they successfully call home. The next day, Elliott wakes up in the field, finding E.T. gone. Elliott returns home to his worried family. Michael discovers E.T. dying next to a culvert and takes him home to an also-dying Elliott. Mary becomes horrified upon discovering her son’s illness and the dying alien, just as a group of government agents dressed in astronaut suits led by “Keys” invades the house.

Scientists set up a lab at the house, asking Michael, Mary, and Gertie what they know about E.T. While they are treating Elliott and E.T., the mental connection between them disappears. E.T. appears to die while Elliott recovers. Elliott is carried away, screaming that the doctors are killing E.T. as they try to revive him. When they pronounce him dead, Michael discovers that the flower that E.T. previously revived is dying again.

As Elliott recovers, the scientists first return him to his family, but then Keys leaves him alone with E.T. Elliott says a tearful goodbye, telling him he loves him before closing the case. E.T.’s heartlight begins to glow, and Elliott notices the chrysanthemum is once again coming back to life and opens the case. E.T. reanimates and tells Elliott that his people are returning. Elliott and Michael steal the van that E.T. had been loaded into and a chase ensues, with Michael’s friends joining them on bicycles, evading the authorities. Suddenly facing a police roadblock, E.T. helps them escape by using his telekinesis to lift them into the air and towards the forest, like he had done for Elliott before.

Standing near the spaceship, E.T.’s heart glows as he prepares to return home. Mary, Gertie, and Keys show up. E.T. says goodbye to Michael and Gertie, as she presents him with the flower he had revived. Before boarding the spaceship, he embraces Elliott and tells him “I’ll be right here”, pointing his glowing finger to Elliott’s forehead. He picks up the chrysanthemum and boards the spaceship. As the others watch it take off, the spaceship leaves a rainbow in the sky.

E.T, The Extra-Terrestrial Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A heartwarming and classic movie where a boy and alien became friends.

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