Cinemaster Score: 9/10
What makes E.T. the Extra Terrestrial such an excellent film, is its perfect combination of genius direction paired with unique storytelling and strong character work. It begins by forming relatable characters and familial issues that allow us, as the viewer, an opportunity to be further immersed in its core story. Each character in the film is well-rounded and not one is brushed aside or given material inferior to another – allowing a strong connection to the cast. Spielberg (Director), is a master of pacing; and E.T. is no different in this regard. From the near-perfect introduction of E.T. himself, to the creature’s interactions with each family member, there is rarely a dull moment in the movie’s two hour runtime. E.T. works so well because of the wide range of issues it explores, as well as the strong emotions it elicits from both the major characters and the audience themselves. The film is simply iconic – being referenced throughout pop culture since its release in 1982 – and for good reason. There are virtually no flaws to this Spielberg masterwork. Even after repeated viewings, it remains emotionally satisfying and equally resonant in its message.