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Why was ET such an appealing film that appeals to both young and old? In Steven Spielberg's heart-warming film ET, two lost souls find each other across space and time

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Why was ET such an appealing film that appeals to both young and old? In Steven Spielberg's heart-warming film ET, two lost souls find each other across space and time. One of the lost souls is a boy who comes from a split and troubled family, the other is an extra terrestrial alien from out of space. After being stranded on earth by his people, ET finds a friend, a boy named Elliot. Unfortunately, the government scientist who chased ET's giant spacecraft away back into space is aware that one of its crew members was left behind. Knowing this they begin to track down the alien visitor. In the short time that Elliot and ET spent together they live the adventure of a lifetime but not only this they get closer and get to know each other. Elliot teaches E.T about the joys and adventure living on earth. In return, E.T teaches Elliot about true meaning of friendship and love. The two friends become inseparable. Steven Spielberg especially plays on the fears and fantasies of young children by showing the entire film from the view of a child. Elliot is lonely and obviously quiet confused about his role in his dysfunctional family which I thought was dealt with very effectively. ...read more.

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These features of Elliot really pulled in some of the kids, teenagers in this position also parents (lone parent families), they know what it feels like so they feel sympathy for Elliot and know what he's going through. But then again so would the people that aren't in this position they would feel even more sympathy because they wouldn't like to be in that position. E.T was also abandoned but not by his father but by his whole family his whole culture his whole being he was left stranded on earth which was worse how would you feel if you were left stranded somewhere you've never been no friends no family. So again, people start to feel sympathy for him as well. E.T and Elliot both have the same problems in a way, they both have lost a part of their family or you could say their whole family because Elliot is being bullied by his brothers and his mums never there even if she is, she is stressed out from work and in tension of running the family alone so she has no time for Elliot and she is always crying which Elliot's confused about. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both the kid and ET are completely hyper they suddenly got this burst of energy. This shows how happy they both are. When Elliot goes to his brother and tells him what had happened they both turn hectic again. All this sows the love and relationship between the three they have a very close bond, also what both Elliot and his brother done for ET was very respectful they put themselves through all that risking there lives and futures just to get ET back home. When ET leaves Elliot tells ET to stay but ET says "ET phone home" then they both hug each other and Elliot starts to cry. This shows what kind of relationship they both had and how close they were. Also as well as ET and Elliot, Elliot and his brother both became closer too. The morel of the film was both ET and Elliot needs their dad and family and love. And not to hurt no ones feelings and to believe in each other also at the age of 10 children are in innocent times they believe in anything and are full of adventures. Towards the end of the film the kid gets a lot more respect from both his family and friends. ?? ?? ?? ?? Dilip Odedra 11AN ...read more.

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