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What To Do on the 4th? Watch the World End.

I think I'm going to give up at this point on doing a Batman Begins review. The truth is, as much as I liked it, I just wasn't blown away by it like so many others were. And then I read some amazing posts on the film and I just couldn't come up with anything to compare.

I do, however, have a few things to say about War of the Worlds. Much like Mr & Mrs Smith I enjoyed it more than I expected to. And I could largely ignore the Tom Cruise factor. No spoiler (heck, it may encourage you to go), he lent nothing to the film and was pretty much upstaged by whoever happened to be in a scene with him. The effects were outstanding and, unlike most blockbusters, intregal to the plot. I liked That Spielberg opted to go with a more documentary style of filmaking giving you the feeling that you were there as the horror unfolded. Of the what I know of the original story, I believe the film retained many aspects of it, at least in regards to the alien invasion. The characters were newly created and not as developed as I would have liked. And, while not on the edge of my seat, there were moments of suspense.

One of my favorite things about disaster films is how the hero always manages to find what he needs to assist him in his journey. Not only does Ray get the one functioning car, it doesn't incur any damage even though the house they are staying in his nearly completely destoryed and a plane crashed not 50 feet away. Oh, and he's still able to drive it out of there because, gee, amongst all the debirs there's a clear path on the road. ::rollseyes::

I don't quite get why Tim Robbins nutjob character had to make an appearance midway through the film. Was it to show the psychological effect that humanity's annihilation was having on people? I think the violent brawl that broke out over Ray's minivan was enough to demenstrate just how low the human race can go. It also showed what acts people will commit out of desperation. It was more too murky, for me, as to why Ray resorts to murder. Had they presented a real and immediate threat to Rachel's well being, I might have accepted it as an act of self-preservation. As it is, we are to assume Ray just isn't willing to take a chance with his daugter's life. But, even with everything going on around them, I would have liked to seen the weight of what he did bare down on him more. Or is Tom only allowed to cry once in a movie?

I knew that aliens were undone by pesky little microbes. They really should have read up on earth history before the big invasion. We wiped out more Native Americans with disease then guns. It's the very ending that left me disappointed. It was bad enough we were suppose to accept that the son, who walked into the middle of a firey battle wiping out a fricken army unit, somehow made it home on his own. We are also presented with Mom and stepdad having made it safely to grandma and grandpa's house. A house untouched by the violence on seemingly the only street in Bostin left intact. WTF??? This is something I hate about Spielberg. The need he has to give us (excluding his films based on actual events) a happy ending. Ok, fine, you couldn't kill Dakota Fanning, but have the balls to kill off the brother or mother or someone we 'know'! One billion people died, but you keep a family that lives in two of the most populated cities in the country intact. And, I swear, there was a light on in the window. :(
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I too enjoyed the movie more than I expected. I agree with you on your gripes. There is no way the road would have been clear. Tom would have had a flat tire, at least. Also the various explosions and fireballs were too close to really be survivable by the main characters. And how about that drop from the alien ship?

The Tim Robbins part was totally unnecessary. I think it was just padding because the story is actually pretty short.

I was wondering it they would stick to the deus ex machina ending of the orginal film and of course they did. In a way it was a relief. I am so tired ot the final duels that seem to be a part of so many action movies.

Also, during the film, I was able to forget that I was watching Tom Cruise, which was another relief.

Dakota Fanning is amazing. I really liked her in this and in the Spielberg mini-series, "Taken."
And how about that drop from the alien ship?

Especially since they fell into a tree with a lot of pointy branches and no one got impaled???

I was wondering it they would stick to the deus ex machina ending of the orginal film and of course they did. In a way it was a relief. I am so tired ot the final duels that seem to be a part of so many action movies.

I was relieved too. Partly because I hate it when people tinker with endings that work and partly because I didn't want the solution to involve American brilliance at developing new technology in 48 hours.
You picked up on some of the points I felt niggled too. Especially the end. I was like...the boys there? Not.A.chance. Especially with the annihilation issues he had. I mean come on.. 200 foot tripod with heat beams. 'Yeah lets take them out! I have no combat training and I suck at catch!'

And I was skeptical about the house and the car. Plus the plane wasnt mushed enough. ohh and how the Frick! did the knews team film the lightning and everything. all electronics were fried! and no way could they change out all teh solonoids and components in time.

Really dumb

But I loved the effects, especaiolay the emergence of the tripod at the beginning, and the one in the hudson.

So in all I was glad.
Especially with the annihilation issues he had. I mean come on.. 200 foot tripod with heat beams. 'Yeah lets take them out! I have no combat training and I suck at catch!'

The more I think about it, the more I think it was all very contrived to have the big heartfelt father/son reunion at the end. Another product of the Spielberg schmaltz machine.

I hadn't thought about the news crew, good point!
Ditto on your review, although I think I would tell people to wait till video.

I also had questions like if EMT took out electronics, why was the hand held video camera running when they discovered the hole in the street? And how was the power working in that one house in Boston? Plus as you pointed out, the movie got "stuck" when they got stuck in the basement. It just crawled to a halt.

Although it was nice to see the two stars of the original movie as the Grandparents at the end.
I read your review after posting mine. We seemed to agree on many points though, overall, I think I'm a bit more positive about it. Definitely one of the better summer blockbusters I've seen as of late. And the end of the world scenerio was more plausible than, let's say, 'The Day After Tomorrow'.

Although it was nice to see the two stars of the original movie as the Grandparents at the end.

I did not know that. Then again, I haven't seen the original.

And the end of the world scenerio was more plausible than, let's say, 'The Day After Tomorrow'.
Which I must say I'm proud to have not seen. As far as the original I've not seen all of it, but knew the actor from other things and then saw him at the end. Haven't verified but I assume the female was in it too. Like the Superman remake.

I saw your post on Batman Returns and we'll discuss why you were wrong on that later... ;-p
The effects were meh, in my opinion, and sooooo many of them just went on pointlessly for days.

I do agree that some of the scenes went on for too long. That scope thing checked every last inch of the basement (yet still managed to miss three people, suuuuurrrre) followed by three aliens that were...I'm not sure what they were doing. Making sure the scope didn't miss anything??? OH, and stop and look at photos of the family they slaughtered. It makes you wonder how really advanced this alien race was. After all, they didn't bother to check the pollen and pollution counts on invasion day.

As for Dakota, who seemed to study the screaming technique of the girl in 'Aliens' (who, hey, actually helped fight the invadors!), she's a good enough child actress, but I have yet to be blown away by her. Let's try hiring someone else once in awhile and give the kid time to crack open a book.