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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Spielberg...my main man...you did it again.

I figured I ought to write about this while I'm still thinking about it 24/7. Not sure how I skipped a Batman entry, but I'll get around to it. Probably...

Let me get right down to it. Spielberg's new movie, War of the Worlds, is THE greatest disaster/alien attack movie that I have ever seen. Period. The only way that I can think of to describe it would be to say that it is like Signs meets Saving Private Ryan...on steroids.

The entire film follows Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) and his annoying son and creepy daughter, as they try to survive an alien invasion. A MASSIVE, full-scale, invasion. Once you see that first tripod emerge from the street and start vaporizing everything, you get a pretty good idea of the thrill-factor of this film...but it's continually amping it up.

Spielberg doesn't really take the time to establish the characters very well before the attack begins, but that's okay because we get to know these folks during the course of the movie as they're attempting to escape this disaster. Dakota Fanning is scary as hell, but that doesn't change the fact that she is unbelieveably believable (wait, that doesn't work). She's the new Haley Joel Osment. Pretty much all of the actors give great performances in this movie.

I knew that Spielberg was a good action director, but hot damn, I had no idea he could pull something like this off. The best word to describe this movie would be BIG. Or maybe "HUUGE" but I don't wanna draw any parallels to Billy Fucillo so I'll stick with BIG. I mean, if there was ever a momvie destined to be in IMAX theaters, this is it (ironically, I don't think it's showing in IMAX theaters). You NEED to see this on a big screen just to be able to comprehend the grand scope of everything. In other words, don't wait for the DVD, folks. Go see it now.

This is a spectacular scifi/action/drama film, and Spielberg is able to keep the terror level high throughout the entire film. I was really surprised by how scary the movie was. This is edge-of-your-seat shit, guys. Spielberg sucks you into this movie like the giant alien anuses aboard the tripods and doesn't let go no matter how many grenades you chuck in it (just see the movie...you'll get what I'm talking about). He manages to immerse you entirely in this world.

The ending...okay, it's a little lame. I personally don't think it takes that much away from the film, but it is a little abrupt and, quite frankly, it wouldn't happen. It might've worked better without it, it might not have. Who knows? All I can say is that when all is said and done, this was a fantastic movie. This is the summer blockbuster to end all blockbusters. Giant, alien action on an unimaginable scale that really has to be seen to be believed. I personally didn't like it as much as Batman (what can I say, that was a damn near flawless film), but War of the Worlds, without a doubt, is a must-see. Spielberg struck gold again.



Blogger Emily said...

What a great review. Pretty much describes my own love for this film (I've been thinking of it 24/7 as well!) and points up why. I also call it "huge" and would LOVE to see it on an IMAX screen. Wow. Talk about intense!

I thought the ending was lame, too, but a) it is in tune with the book's ending, b) it didn't take away from the greatness of the movie for me, and c) in a way, it's kind of grown on me, especially after having read the book, where the I-character/narrator also relates the story of his brother, who was apart from him through the novel.

Have you read the novel? It's really good. It's available free on the Net from Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/36

I don't know if you're into just this movie, or all incarnations of War of the Worlds, but the movie got me into the book and other retellings/incarnations. There's a lot to get started with on WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:The_War_of_the_Worlds

And there's a War of the Worlds fan community on LJ - not much there yet, but I'm hopeful it can become active. http://www.livejournal.com/community/war_of_worlds/

Yeah, I liked the film just a bit. ;)

(ratkrycek on LJ; the_green_anole on IMDB.)

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