War of the Worlds Just Sucked

I just wasted two hours of my life.  At least I got to sit next to Amy and eat popcorn. 

As I’ve said in the past, we get two movies a week in Homer.  Friday morning comes with great anticipation as we drive past the theater marque (on the corner of Main Street and Pioneer – how fitting) to see what we get to enjoy next.  This week is War of the Worlds and Bewitched and I had low hopes for both of them.  Since we don’t have a TV here, this is all we are going to get this week (no – I haven’t broken down to watching movies on my laptop yet.) 

We gave War of the Worlds a shot tonight.  It was tragically awful.  Yeah – the special effects were good.  But H.G. Wells is screaming his head off wherever he is (or would be if you believe in an afterlife.)  The acting was marginal.  The plot was completely predictable. The Spielberg cute-heroic-screaming child did exactly what you’d expect.  The sullen teenager did exactly what you’d expect.  All the humans behaved poorly under pressure and the military was completely ineffective against the aliens. After 115 minutes of stupidity, the aliens and their machines fell over dead, humanity was saved, and the Morgan Freedman / God character got to make a stultifying speech. 

And – I’m still not entirely sure what actually happened.  Ugh – that was terrible.  Sadly, Bewitched may be the better movie of this week.

  • Predictable, likely because the plot line has been in the public domain for how many years now? Given that it was written in 1898, that gives us around 107 years. At any rate, I too had high hopes when it was announced that the remake was in the works. I too thought the special effects could greatly improve things and build upon the original story and I hoped for an interesting take. However, all hope was lost when Tom Cruise was cast. Is it just me or is anyone else incapable of watching a movie with Tom Cruise in it and experiencing suspension of disbelief? The only movie with Tom Cruise in it that I’ve had that experience in was Rain Man. All other movies that he has been in leave me wondering what he is doing in the movie. Good actors make you forget the actor and become involved in the character. Granted, part of this is the writing, but there have been truly thin plots throughout time with weak writing where a good actor has pulled it through. So, for me, War of the Worlds (2005) will be a DVD viewing at best, but more likely a pass as two hours of my life would be better spent on other tasks.

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    It reminded me of AI. Same three act plot structure done in a remarkably poor Spielberg style. The movie dragged on just like AI. When Tom Cruise was stuck in the basement with Tim Robbins, I was fully expecting the Jude Law gigolo-like scene from AI. And when the aliens keeled over, it brought back memories of the robot being rewoken at the end of AI – fortunately it wasn’t that bad.

  • “I couldn’t agree more…it was such a bad execution of a classically great story, strained, safe ending and all. For my money, some of the better scifi these days can be found on the SciFi network, with shows like Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica. But given enough time, those will probably degrade to the lowest common denominator as well.”


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  • you should be subscribing to our Movie Show podcast/blog! We could have saved you that two hours! We trashed WOTW weeks ago!


  • War of the Worlds is Spielberg’s perosnal rumination on the holocaust. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Right now people are comparing it to “summer blockbusters” which are judged on their thrill and suspense levels. This movie was made to get people to think about the opposite of both of those feelings.

    The two feelings that it wants you to think about are what it would be like to both be in a hopeless situation (the opposite of suspense) and then to be in a situation where you become numb to the pain of the situation (the opposite of thrills).

    When coupled with the imagery of death by disintegration and fire, the movie also becomes a metaphor for Spielberg’s favorite topic, The Holocaust.

    In another 100 years, when people find the special effects of this movie to be outdated, they will come to take this film not as a summer blockbuster, but instead, as a rumination on humanity in the face of numbness and hopelessness.

    Not exactly popcorn material.

  • funny. mo and i just saw it and laughed at how bad the acting and dialog was. and we couldnt figure out the plot either. why was the whole family waiting in boston unharmed? how did he start the car? why couldnt he then start more cars?

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