The War of the Worlds (2005)
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Critic Reviews for The War of the Worlds
Just a kinetic illustration of the novel. But I am happy to settle for that. This faithful adaptation of the Wells is a film that will appeal to only a narrow audience.
I am as big a supporter of the little guy as possible, but these folks need to step back and learn how to tell a story.
Audience Reviews for The War of the Worlds
God bless 'em, they tried so hard to be faithful to the novel. Yet here's proof that you can't film the written word just as it exists on the page... cause then you get 3+ hours comprised of people walking to and fro between ultimately inconsequential scenes; scenes which work when presented as one man's diary of survival but become endless padding in a motion picture. Try The True Story cut for one that trims the fat and features better effects (because the ones here are embarrassing) cleverly integrated with period stock footage. That version is nifty. This one is bloated.
While it's nice to have an adaptation that directly follows the book, it's done in a poor way that keeps it from being interesting or watchable. The acting is bad, the effects are terrible, and the length is too long. Ultimately, it's more enjoyable to just read the book.
Very true to the book but astonishingly badly made. This, to me, gives it zero value as a film - if I just want the story I'll read the book - and it's REALLY painful to watch.
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