What is there to say about a film that for many years was the highest grossing film ever? A film that is universally beloved? A film that has been covered and studied and dissected endlessly?
Well I saw E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial this week in IMAX so I’m going to try. But I’m not going to add much new to the discussion of a film that’s exactly correctly rated in our culture. It’s a timeless classic. And I have no issue with it.
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When I watch modern day Spielberg, my skepticism with how they turn out only manages to rise up higher than ever because my enjoyment of his films ever since the 2000’s had begun seems so difficult to come across (the best of his output since then, however, is none other than A.I. Artificial Intelligence). With Bridge of Spies showing itself as a nice rise above where his modern work usually lands, I was hoping that The BFG would be able to play upon the effect that made E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial work as effectively as it did with its sentimentality but instead I found it all the more troublesome as it remains in my head. Sentimentality has always been one of the key elements to Spielberg’s films, and while it works within certain scenarios there are those cases in which it almost feels like it can get too much to a point it becomes a distraction. With The BFG, it sadly falls into the latter. Continue reading →