E.T. being mixed into a happy song almost has a late 80’s, early 90’s feeling that is kind of cheesy but still touching in a way since the movie was all about getting E.T. home after he’d been stranded. It’s been so long since I watched the movie that I’ve forgotten a lot about it, but one thing I can recall is that it was kind of dark in spots and even a little frightening as well. Think about it, there were moments in there that could have played out like a horror movie if things would have gone a different way.
In some cases it depends on who you ask whether or not E.T. was really that great of a movie, but it’s definitely one of those films which you need to know who you’re talking to before you decide badmouth it or praise it. For some people it was as close to a horror movie as it gets without being rated R, while for others it was an absolute delight that’s been remembered fondly throughout the years. Personally I thought it was a decent movie up until a point. It moved kind of slow and while it did develop the plot it still didn’t answer a whole lot of questions that might have been nice to know. Plus the toy line that came out for E.T. included one item that was highly questionable simply because of the form it took. It was supposed to simulate his glowing finger but as you can already guess a lot of people took it in a different manner.
The whole story was one that people have loved since childhood and have emulated in so many different ways that it’s hard to count them all, but overall E.T. was kind of an odd movie if you really look at it objectively. It features an alien we don’t know much about and don’t learn a whole lot about other than what he can do and the fact that he can pick up a handful of English throughout the film. Calling it a happy movie is kind of a stretch since like I mentioned it does get dark at some points. But the overall feeling is usually one of triumph born of tragedy that’s overcome by determination and the inexplicable manner of children as they’re able to circumvent the authority of adults. In other words it’s a scenario that would never happen in real life even if E.T. was real.
If, I use that word because there’s still a huge debate on if our world has been visited or not, aliens have in fact come to earth then there’s already so much hype and paranoia about it that people will have thought through a dozen scenarios that could possibly play out in thousands of different ways. Would the aliens be friendly? Would they be able to communicate with us? Would they even want to communicate? Those are questions that don’t seem to get answered all that often. But hey, E.T. as a happy song should make up for it.