‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’
Do the kids these days — that is, actual kids — know about “E.T.”? At one point the highest grossing movie ever, topping even “Star Wars,” Steven Spielberg’s heartbreaker has miraculously, perhaps insanely never been sequelized, remade or rebooted. It was, however, reworked, with digital touch-ups, in 2002.
But Spielberg regretted that decision, and lo and behold, it’s the 1982 original that now streams, with its original gawky puppet alien lumbering about, at one point in a robe while knocking back Coors. Even the stone-hearted Martin Amis, in a strangely positive profile for The Guardian, said he couldn’t resist it, and hopefully its legacy will soldier on with today’s young’uns. Hey, every child has to hear the term “penis breath” at some point.