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Posted on: July 24th, 2005, 7:41pm Quote Report to Moderator
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That would be Spielberg's version that just recently came out.

Okay, now, most people will know that I was really annoyed that a) it wasn't set in the last years of the 19th Century and b) wasn't set in Britain, like the original.

I have some other gripes. There is a very disturbing scene...the one in the basement, with the blindfold...yes that one. If you've seen it you will know what I mean...I think it was unecessarily brutal. Very different from what happened in the book, but could have been done that way, it would've been better.

Also, what's a War of the Worlds movie without Thunderchild. They could have done a Thunderchild scene, it would have been SOOOO cool. But no.

Don't get me started about those stupid shields either. And that last dying Martian War Machine at the end should have been going ULLLLLLLLLLLAAAAA mournful and lonely like to add to the sense of Martian loss and devastation.
That was a very powerful scene in the book.

But otherwise, I enjoyed it as a movie. It was a little too intense though for me, I was actually shaking when we came out. Too much cat and mouse with Martian eye probes in the basement for me. Aiiiee.

The scene with the train really quite good, disturbing and a bit of Mars Attacks! thrown in! The scenes with the soldier in the food basket were very good, I enjoyed them a lot...

I did like the top and tailing with the extracts from the classic.

A coach ride instead of a train ride, but to the same destination on the Sid and Nancy scale, and 7 out of 10 for a reasonable effort.



SPOILER! Not that you deserve it if you don't know how HG Well's Martians were defeated.
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And of course the ending was just right. Even if they did steal it from Independence Day. The alien invaders wiped out by a virus. Sheesh.
(Yes I know, I know, it was a *joke*, I read the book in grade 7!)



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Okay, now, most people will know that I was really annoyed that a) it wasn't set in the last years of the 19th Century and b) wasn't set in Britain, like the original.




Actually I think that any retelling of War of the Worlds almost has to set it in the superpower du jour. Which, like it or not, is the USA right now.

In the original invading Britain is equated with destroying the world. The liner protected by the Thunderchild is escaping to somewhere that isn't Britain... and hence not important enough for the Martians to invade.

That worldview (Britain is all that matters) was intrinsic to the novel, even if it looks rather dated a century later.

Hmmm. I wonder if Spielberg was making a subtle point about that.

<blinks> Did I just use Spielberg and subtle in the same sentence? That can't be right... 

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Having these huge things lumbering around 19th Century London (the hub of the civilised world, or so they thought) the physical and technological superiority of the Martians would be even more marked. So much is lost from the original...

I'm sick of this dumbing down, I can damn well put my mind back to the 19th Century Britain, anyone who reads Poe, Doyle, Wells and Verne with any regularity can suspend their disbelief for a film.

To date, no one has done a period War of the Worlds and we've got the damn tech, and we've got the damn retro films coming out - King Kong is being done right, Sky Captain and League of Extraordinary Gentlement, I reckon it would have been worth the extra work.

Sheesh.

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I dunno. I think it stands on its own as a good horror flick. A little bit of sensurround and a large strong coffee
would set the film off for me. Its been a while since a sci-fi film made me queasy. The dad and the little girl running
round the corner of the building near the start was pretty harrowing.
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And this is why I gave it 70%, it certainly is a better than average Disaster Hits America movie.
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