Sunday, July 10, 2005

"War of The Worlds"

Debra Saunders thinks Steven Spielberg's latest movie is anti-war. It might be; I thought it was simply dumb.

The movie's star is its special effects. There is not much of a story at all: Earth is invaded by aliens, whose motives are not terribly clear. The only thing that is clear about these invaders is that they are ruthless. There is much spectacular destruction and death, and human resistance is futile. In the end the aliens are thwarted not by any act of humankind, but simply because the nasty critters, who have no resistance to earthly pathogens,
become ill and die. The common cold, not the human spirit, saves the world.

In other words, the effects are dazzling but the movie is not very interesting.

It might have been worth watching if the characters themselves had been interesting or even sympathetic; but we don't get to know the characters in the movie well enough to like them. Even if we had been given a chance to know these people, they don't develop at all. Cruise's character is mainly a jerk whose life seems out of control and who spends the entire movie running away, terrified, from the alien invaders. Dakota Fanning is cute but spends the movie simply terrified. The young actor who plays Cruise's son, who justifiably does not like his dad, is stuck with a role in which he is simply an impetuous adolescent. There was a chance that we might have found the father-son conflict interesting, or the reasons for the young man's seeming impulsiveness intriguing; but we can't hear any of the dialogue over the noise of the special effects.

Oh, well. Not a good movie-going experience. Maybe "Fantastic 4" will be better.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha! my husband and i caved to the hype for this movie, and though i was skeptical of the movie's was a lot worse than i thoguht it would be. all of your reviewed points were exactly what we both dicussed on our way home from the movie! (so you must obviously have good taste in film.) i doubt i will ever sit through it ever again! 

Posted by jenny vorwaller

Sunday, July 10, 2005 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, hedgehog, you really don't know what you are talking about. You don't know this movie, I do. You don't even, did you see it? You're glib. 

Posted by T. Cruise

Sunday, July 10, 2005 3:48:00 PM  

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