As I browsed through a table of DVDs at a Flea Market, I found E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I held it up to my neighbor, both of us getting sentimental over the forlorn stranger from outer space.
The story by Steven Spielberg, script written by Melissa Mathison, and directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. is the tale of a sweet, gentle alien who becomes stranded on earth. He's found by a young boy, Elliott, who brings him to his suburban home. Elliott, his older brother, and little sister call the alien, E.T. and decide to hide him while E.T. tries to figure out how to return to his planet.
Dozens of articles have been printed since the movie's 1982 release regarding the film's meaning and theme. I've always felt the story was of two abandoned, lonely people in need of a true, understanding friend; Elliott, whose father had divorced Elliott's mother and deserted the family, and E.T. whose spaceship took off and left him behind on earth. Each emphasizes with the other's feelings, which I think, is where scenes such a Elliott being drunk as school while E.T. is drinking beer at home symbolizes.
One of the most touching, and beloved scenes, occurs at the end of the movie. Just in case there is a person out there who hasn't seen the movie, I won't spoil it for you.
But, should you want to see the final movie scene, I found it on YouTube. Don't forget to grab your tissues before viewing.
Have a great week, Everyone!
(photo c/o www.facebook.com/E.T.Movie; YouTube clip c/o Movieclips)