E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Running Time: 
115 mins

At this point in modern film history, I think it's a safe assumption that E.T. is a confirmed classic. It's a near perfect blend of the 80s family/kids movie genre with soft sci-fi (and maybe a hint of fantasy thrown in for good measure). Even though it's a bit dated after 30 years, time hasn't dampened its charms in the least. It's still got that early Spielberg flair, that aesthetic quality that J.J. Abrams was chasing in Super 8. The story itself still works, especially as viewed through the eyes of the three childen who love and shelter E.T. during his time on earth. There's a wonder and a joy present here, even in the midst of the looming threat of the government men who are tracking E.T.