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War of the Worlds [Jun. 30th, 2005|08:17 am]
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All too often, movies don't show us what's happening. They tell us.

War of the Worlds shows us. It's wonderful. You have to actually pay attention to what's going on and pick up the clues. That doesn't happen in movies that much any more and I have to say, it's refreshing.

As engaging as watching the events unfold without an expository scientist character or television newscaster is, the effects are spectacular. Truly chilling in some places, as when a jumbo jet crashes onto a neighbourhood. And the alien ships? Although ripped from the cover of a 1954 issue of "Amazing Stories," they're malevolent rather than nostalgic. The story takes us from New York City to Boston...and yes, there is a baseball-related reference that was extremely well-received by the Boston preview audience.

It's not perfect: Spielberg seems to be running out of concepts and a few scenes reminded me of ET, AI and Minority Report (particularly that last one, though that could be Tom Cruise's fault). There are also a few errors of technical continuity. All mechanical and electronic machines stop working...except for the ones that don't. It's minor, sure...but you'll notice it. And of course it has the patented Spielberg HappyEnding™ and if you are prone to hyperglycemia you might want to bring along some insulin. But despite Tom Cruise's recent forays into BizarreCeleb land (usually inhabited by such notables as Michael Jackson and Andy Dick), he does quite well in this. He's believable and doesn't gorge himself on the scenery. Meanwhile, Dakota Fanning is becoming the Katherine Hepburn of the pre-teen set; let's hope she doesn't go the way of Macauley Culkin and Haley Joel Osment.

Even so, it's incredible to me that a story written over 100 years ago is still as compelling and immediate today in the post-atomic Technology Age as it was during the steam-powered Industrial Age.

[User Picture]From: effy
2005-06-30 02:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess the mechanic fixed the correct part in the car, so the mini-van makes sense; however, the ferry and street lights and other things do not.

Based on that huge explosion on the hill, there's just no way his son would have survived. Please.

Oh, and Boston must be the place to be since her brownstone was left untouched. haha.

How could they have walked that far to Boston? Doesn't it take 4 hours on a bus from New York? Even if they did drive to Conneticut, how the heck would they have been able to walk that far?!?! Please.

Like I said, the beginning was absolutely fantastic. I like how they actually showed dead bodies (unlike the Day After Tomorrow). That was awesome. Good movie, for sure. Ending sucked. Hard core.
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[User Picture]From: effy
2005-06-30 02:38 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-06-30 02:40 pm (UTC)
They walked from Philly to NYC in the snow in The Day After Tomorrow...

It's 4.5-5 hours to NYC by bus.

The car doesn't bother me as much, since it was not working when the aliens attacked and was fixed afterwards. What bothered me is that the TV and remote and such did not work, but the hand held video camera did.
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From: enickmatic
2005-06-30 04:03 pm (UTC)
I thought the movie was fantastic, but I think that Dakota Fenning made me want to shoot myself. I'm sure it could all be blamed on the script, but I just cannot handle a little girl screaming in every single scene, or ruining everything in another.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2005-06-30 05:07 pm (UTC)
True. But thing is...she's believable as a screaming girl.
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From: lifewithmikey
2005-07-03 08:53 am (UTC)
This film was barely worth the matinee price. I thought it was Independence Day with maybe half the elements stripped from it. Too much time was spent following the family and not enough on the bigger picture - for example, just a few minutes on, and a passing mention of, the resistance effort.

Then again, I didn't read the book, so I'm sure I'm missing a few things here and there ...
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