Saturday, November 6, 2010

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition - 2 out of 5

If you've ever needed proof that being PC is a bad thing, look no further than to Steven Spielberg's destruction of a movie classic that is E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 20th Anniversary Edition.

Believe or not, I never bothered watching this version of the film when it came out and, only now, have seen the terrible sin that was place upon the movie. I really didn't mind the new scenes put into the film or even the new CG E.T. (to be honest, the computer generated E.T. was quite well done and I was very impressed how they were able to incorporate it into the original film), instead, my outrage is the elimination of the shotguns held by the Federal Agents and replaced with walkie-talkies. WALKIE-TALKIES?!?

Spielberg stated that he didn't like the idea of cops having guns ready to use on children but, apparently, Spielberg lives in a world where cop violence doesn't occur. I'm sorry Steven, there are incidents where cops abuse their power and use guns on kids. It's not a great thing or something to celebrate but that is neither here nor there because when we all watched this film, no one--NO ONE--said, "Oh my, those cops have their guns draw as the kids are approaching them." The scene didn't bother us but he was so worried about drawing any negative press that he decided to bow down to a bunch of naysayers that only existed in his head and digitally take out the shotguns. This is not only an example of the concept of being PC hurting free speech but a gross and pointless waste of money that could have gone towards curing cancer. Sorry, sick kids who actually are threatened with something that is NOT a shotgun, Steven Spielberg is insanely rich and could donate a lot of his wealth to cancer research without hurting his lifestyle an iota but he's too busy digitally taking out guns from a classic movie that we all love because he secretly hates both you and the people who adore this movie.

At this point you're probably asking yourself why I bothered giving it a 2 instead of, say, a 1. Well, it's still E.T. and it, for the most part, is still the great story of a young boy befriending an alien that touched our hearts when it first hit the screen. However, this version of the film should be buried in the desert in the exact same location the horrible Atari video game adaptation was hidden and we should never mention this crime against cinema again.

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