E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
So I saw E.T. for the first time in like a gazzillion years, and the “enhanced” version for the first time ever. It sucked. It just wasn’t the movie I remembered. Checking Wiki I see that Spielberg agreed. Well, sort of. I’d have to say that, if anything, Spielberg went way overboard, claiming no film of his would ever be digitally enhanced again. Personally I think Spielberg is being stupid. And as outrageous as that sounds — someone saying that Spielberg is stupid about films — hear me out…
See, E.T. was made a long time ago, and the special effects weren’t great. Heck, they weren’t great compared to earlier films like “Star Wars,” never mind things that came later. But instead of just “updating” cheesy special effects, Spielberg’s “Enhanced” version of E.T. changed the film. And THAT people was the mistake. If they had just concentrated on making the special effects look more realistic — make the space ship seem more real, or make E.T. look more organic — the updates would have been a huge success.