When I was a kid I, like everyone my age, saw the movie E.T. The Extraterrestrial when it was in the movie theater. Well, fast forward to today and I have kids at home and found the flick on cable (thank you HBO On Demand) and watched it with them.
Many movies from that era do not hold up, in other words they age so poorly they are challenging to sit through. E.T. is not one of those (at least if you have kids). It is still cute, kind of fun, and you still root for the little alien and his buddy Elliot to pull one over on the impossibly inept government goons.
This movie represents (in my opinion) represents Steven Spielburg when he was at his most creative. His budgets had grown, he could get a movie made, but he still had to work at it to make things come out correctly. Fast forward twenty years and he could have just thrown money at the problem until he was done. E.T. represents a period when he had to figure out how to make it work with what he had. There was no CGI, there was just some creative methods of making kids on bikes fly, and an editing booth.
I love that kind of movie. One where we aren’t transported into a CGI maelstrom of battling superheroes where due to all the computer graphics there are entire sections of the movie that no longer contain human actors.
Thanks for the memories HBO.