Good life lessons no matter the planet
Mary Burkin of Burbank is an actress, lawyer and writer.
Sometimes, even with a penchant for implausible situations and
shamelessly contrived tears, Steven Spielberg gets it right. He got it
right 20 years ago with “E.T.” -- one of those movies that has something
of value for everyone. The kids can relate to a sweet, gentle,
candy-loving alien from outer space, who really, really wants to go home.
The grown-ups can relate to a single mom so devastated by her
husband’s abandonment that she doesn’t even notice a small green man
raiding her refrigerator.
And anyone can be touched by the big heart of a little boy, who
teaches us that kindness, courage, loyalty and hope are virtues worth
sharing with more than one planet.
So if you’ve seen this one before, go see it again with older, wiser
eyes. And if this is your first time, hopefully you can check it out on
the big screen again in 20 years.
Message is of love, compassion
Mary Mardirosian of Glendale is a teacher at Clark Magnet High School.
Although I do not remember the first time I saw “E.T.”, I do remember
that even though I was very young, I felt touched by the film.
Its message of love and compassion has stayed with me over the years,
despite the fact that I was too young to register the actual movie in my
“E.T.” is a film that brings, not only the family together, but also
everyone who sees it. Whether this is a child’s first time viewing the
film or an adult’s millionth time, this movie allows those who watch it
to experience a deep sense of empathy.
The power of this film amazes me. It survives the test of time. This
is why its re-release will surely succeed. Even if “E.T.” is not the
box-office success it once was, it will be a success to all those who are
touched by it. Its message of love and the simple innocence of the film
leave a lasting impression on all who see it.
“E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial, The 20th Anniversary” is rated PG.