War of the Worlds (2005) Synopsis
Ok, first off, you’re making an alien invasion movie here. If you want to make realistic movies, try making one about a guy in Wisconsin milking cows. Secondly, while we’ve found no evidence of life on Mars, it wouldn’t be any harder to invent a reason for us to have missed it than it is to make the aliens from somewhere else. Part of the genius of War of the Worlds is that the aliens in it are our nearest neighbors. And they’ve been watching us, studying us. They’re right there, a short hop across the cosmos away, glaring at us with malice. Well, this movie has tossed that out the window.
The other big element being left out of Spielberg’s narrative is the Black Smoke used by Wells’ aliens on Earth’s populace. It’s their alternative weapon, one symbolic of fear and utter death. Spielberg has tossed it, along with the idea of his main character making a lonely trek for survival. Instead, his lead has a family and a minivan to tote along with him.
So what DOES make this an adaptation of “War of the Worlds”? Well, it has Aliens in it using tripods and heat rays. There’s your movie. Any other resemblance would seem to be completely coincidental. This isn’t so much a faithful War of the Worlds adaptation as it is just another alien invasion movie. In fact, by all indications the aliens themselves won’t even resemble those described by Wells. Sit back and enjoy the tripods.
Previewed by Joshua Tyler: 2005-01-04
War of the Worlds movie. No, it’s not a remake. Remember, the rage these days is to make new movies based on old source material by ignoring other previous adaptation. Spielberg isn’t trying to one up Byron Haskin, only marginalize him. So be it.