“I’ll be right here.”

For some reason, this past Thursday I was compelled to play E.T the Extra-Terrestrial. And the funny part is that whenever I watch a movie I am always looking for the word of God in it. The word I got from this film was “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”

For those of us who remember, E.T. was accidentally left behind in the forest when his spaceship flew back into outer space. His little heart light flashes as he feels an overwhelming sadness and starts running for his life. Where does this scripture come into play? When E.T. was running from those gov’t scientists in the night he wound up in Elliott’s (Henry Thomas) garage. And after finding E.T. Elliott sneaks him into his bedroom. Not thinking of any possible dangers of harboring this alien—all Elliott wants to do is protect him and be his friend. A child, not giving credence to race, creed, or color just an indiscriminate love for another being.

As time progressed on, Elliott introduced E.T. to his brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore)—making them promise not to tell anyone of his discovery. (Those two kept his secret up to the bitter end.) While in Elliott’s room E.T. sees a dying geranium and brings it back to life. Gertie teaches E.T. how to speak English and he picks it up right away. When he learns the language he tells them he wants to phone home. “E.T. phone home,” while pointing at the window. So the children arrange an elaborate plan during trick or treat to get E.T. out of the house (without being noticed by their mother) and back into the forest where he was left to use a gadget he created to contact his spaceship.

When Elliott and E.T. arrive in the forest the gadget worked but E.T. did not get the immediate response he wanted. Therefore, he stayed in the woods longer than they planned and got away from Elliott who went back home, after being out all night and told Michael he had to find E.T. When Michael found E.T. he was in awful shape and so was Elliott. It looked as though the two were perishing when the government bombarded their home and took over. The scientist was trying to save E.T., but the weaker he got the stronger Elliott became until E.T. died—or did he? You will just have to watch the movie to see— I’ve given too many spoilers already.

Originally released in 1982, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is 1h 55m and is rated PG. Can be seen on Amazon Prime, HBO Max and sold on DVD at many online outlets.

We give E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Rating: 5 out of 5.

True to Spielberg’s groundbreaking form, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, an Oscar-winning film; has become an iconic masterpiece for all generations. What I took away from this film is sometimes it’s better to keep a childlike attitude—you just might learn something. Because it leaves your heart open to love all—human or otherwise. If you’ve already seen it—please revisit it and if you haven’t it will be a real treat. Some forty years after its release I still cry at the movie’s end.

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