Next up is E.T. Similar to Back to The Future, I think the last time every person in America saw E.T. “was way back when I was eight,” which more than accurately reflects the last time I saw it. I keenly remember there being a boring section in the movie when I saw it, somewhere in act two, where I found it difficult to pay attention. Seeing it again more than twenty years later, I’m not sure what I would have been referring to. E.T. holds up remarkably well (in fact, all the movies in this list do with the exception of Short Circuit 2). I didn’t actually realize, when I last saw it, that E.T. was such a complex movie.
The first part of this movie reflects the lonely, slow moving, isolated, boring elements of science fiction I’ve come to idolize the last few years: the kind of uncomfortable silence that forces you to reflect and self analyze. It’s also kind of scary. If I didn’t know this was Spielberg when it started, I might think it’d be a horror movie. Which is interesting: awful and awesome come from the same root word, awe, which comes from the Norse agi, meaning fear. Now awe has come to mean, “
Fun fact: Spielberg initially wanted E.T. to be like Poltergeist, but with aliens, which might account for the latent awful.
That was my central thought throughout the movie; Transcendence is a gamble. E.T. might be terrifying, he might die, or we might all become psychic.
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