Ever since “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” was released on VHS in 1988, home has been where the heartlight is.
But that hasn’t stopped a galaxy of E.T. imitators, fronters, wannabes and poseurs from beaming onto movie screens over the past 25 years. I’m looking at you, “Mac and Me.” … … .
Because the best “E.T.” knockoffs are often the most self-aware. (Think “Attack the Block” or “WALL-E.”) While Steven Spielberg knows how to capture childhood in a bottle, “Echo’s” first-time writer Henry Gayden and first-time director Dave Green only capture childishness in buckets.
Thomas Wolfe was right: Most filmmakers really can’t go home — or phone home — again.