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What did you all think of War of the Worlds remake?

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1st July 2005 15:52  #1

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
What did you all think of War of the Worlds remake?
I thought the movie was fantastic!
If not better and more gripping than Independence Day!

I haven't seen th original so I can't say whether the remake was better or worse.

I'd love to hear what you guys think.
Apparently Australia was the first country to publicly  screen the movie, at midnight on Tuesday 28th/Wednesday 29th. I went to a Wednesday session instead.

1st July 2005 15:57  #2

Tom Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 2,497 Send a message via ICQ to Tom
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim
If not better and more gripping than Independence Day!


Hmmm, they should use that quote on the DVD cover Wink

1st July 2005 16:23  #3

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
It's not really a remake. It's an adaptation, in exactly the same way the 1953 movie was.

1st July 2005 17:43  #4

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
It was good, but just missing a few touches that would have made it one to remember. As it is, it's entertaining but ultimately forgettable.

1st July 2005 18:37  #5

- - Senior Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 594
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim

Apparently Australia was the first country to publicly  screen the movie, at midnight on Tuesday 28th/Wednesday 29th. I went to a Wednesday session instead.


Japan was actually the first country to premiere.  The reason is because Spielberg decided that it would appropriate since Japan was the first country to embrass "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" almost 30 years ago.

1st July 2005 18:53  #6

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
It feels like I just saw Independence Day at the theaters. This looked too similar to interest me. I'll probably just wait for the DVD and rent it.

Either way it still disapoints me that Spielberg didn't set the movie in 19th century London. At least it would have been unique that way.

This whole year has been a total wash. just about EVERYTHING is a remake. Sad

1st July 2005 19:26  #7

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Care to substantiate that statement? And it's not a bloody remake! Wink

1st July 2005 19:30  #8

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
Quote: Hmmm, they should use that quote on the DVD cover

Don't worry I'm sure they'll be a similar quote but made by Paul Ross slapped on front of the DVD.

1st July 2005 20:27  #9

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Don't worry, it won't be an Entertainment in Video release.

1st July 2005 21:17  #10

rob murray Member Join Date: November 2004 Location: United States Posts: 477
Quote: Originally posted by Jonny "Me You"
It feels like I just saw Independence Day at the theaters. This looked too similar to interest me. I'll probably just wait for the DVD and rent it.

Either way it still disapoints me that Spielberg didn't set the movie in 19th century London. At least it would have been unique that way.

This whole year has been a total wash. just about EVERYTHING is a remake. Sad
you didnt see Sin City, Episode 3 or Batman did you?

1st July 2005 23:57  #11

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
and bloody Land of the Dead! seriously! Best film of the year!

2nd July 2005 0:38  #12

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Quote: Originally posted by rob murray
you didnt see Sin City, Episode 3 or Batman did you?


Actually those 3 movies are the only ones I have seen in theaters this year, and I guess technically Episode 3 and Batman can fall into the Sequel/Remake category.

That's all I've been interested in though. I remember going to 10 - 15 movies in a summer. But the upcoming lineup all looks like CRAP to me.

So far (that I'm aware of) we've had -

Assault on Precinct 13
The Phantom of the Opera (I count it because of the famous silent movie, although we could easily leave it off)
Guess Who
Fever Pitch
The Amityville Horror
House of Wax
The Longest Yard
The Honeymooners
Mr and Mrs. Smith (I read its a remake of a TV show or a 40's movie. Can't remember which)
Batman: Begins (it was done before - excellent though Wink )
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Bewitched
War of the Worlds (done before)

and of this posting, off the top of my head we still have yet to see -

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Bad News Bears
The Dukes of Hazzard
Pride & Prejudice
Oliver Twist
The Fog
King Kong

I mean, look at this list. It's ridiculous. I probably missed even more. Literally almost every week there is a remake coming out. All those movies have been promoted as the studios "a" material too. Remember, my list doesn't even include sequels. This year is just a sad one for movie fansSad

2nd July 2005 19:16  #13

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
A number of the films on that list are dubious. Batman, for example, is not a remake, it is simply another film in a series. The Dukes of Hazard was a TV series, not a movie, so it's not a remake. I'll also say it again, WOTW is not a remake.

Granted there have been a number of remakes this year, but there have been tons of original films as well (well, as original as Hollywood gets). I think it's a bit harsh to say that just about everything has been a remake.

2nd July 2005 20:01  #14

Tom Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 2,497 Send a message via ICQ to Tom
You're being very defensive about this film aren't you Chris? Wink I take it you like it? Hehe

2nd July 2005 20:08  #15

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Not seen it yet. I'm just incredibly pedantic. It's all that moderation I do Wink

3rd July 2005 7:24  #16

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
The shot where Tom is driving the kids out of town and the camera pulls in and out without cutting is the single most amazing cinematic dance I've seen in years. The movie loses itself after the halfway point but the first hour is outstanding.

3rd July 2005 13:47  #17

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Anything that's been done before for TV or film is a remake. Very Happy

The only exceptions I can think of are shows like Star Trek, The X-Files or the upcoming Firefly movie, where they simply continue on the movie screen.

Either way, it's all very repetitive, uncreavtive and most awful of all - BORING!

I still agree with you on the use of the word disc vs disk though chris Wink hehehe

3rd July 2005 15:02  #18

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
I agree with what Jonny just said.
Anything that's been done before on tv or film is definitely a remake!!

3rd July 2005 23:01  #19

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
Well at the end of the day it depends on your point of view - is it a remake or is it a re-imagined version? It's all mindboggling! Shocked

4th July 2005 5:18  #20

- - Senior Member Join Date: March 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 594
War of the World as a great build up, but at the end, did not execute.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind was much better..and the movie is 30 years old.

4th July 2005 19:28  #21

floyd dylan Banned Join Date: April 2004 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 913
I shall watch this along with The Descent this Friday.

7th July 2005 20:14  #22

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,108 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Saw it last night, and while it was decent enough entertainment, I didn't completely buy it. I think it would have been a whole lot better if they had arrived the way they do in the book, rather than already 'being here'... There were a few annoying anachronisms, and Tom just had to have those hero moments.

I don't agree with those who have said Dakota Fanning was too screechy in the film. I mean, come on, how would you expect a ten year old to react? I think she's a great little actress who is more than capable of holding her own in most films. My Mrs thinks she's so good she wants to adopt her!

7th July 2005 21:13  #23

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Quote: Originally posted by Chris Gould
I don't agree with those who have said Dakota Fanning was too screechy in the film. I mean, come on, how would you expect a ten year old to react?

Those who didn't like her acting must not have kids or anything to compare it to...the manner in which she conveys terror and fear in a child in the film is uncanny.

9th July 2005 22:24  #24

Ryan Bisram Member Join Date: September 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 186
I thought it was good but not great...I found myself waiting for a lot of the special effects scenes.

12th July 2005 5:46  #25

Keith Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 221
enjoyed it
I really enjoyed it. Really looking forwared to seeing it since I heard it was coming out.  The alien destroyers were so cool looking.  The basement scene was great.  Great effects movie. Story little lax, but not bad. Wished ending was different, though I think it was like the original story. I just love them alien movies!  

How about an Independence Day II folks!! Do I get a Hell ya!

12th July 2005 5:51  #26

Keith Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 221
whaaaat????
Quote: Originally posted by Mark Lim
I thought the movie was fantastic!
If not better and more gripping than Independence Day!


No way better than ID day, man you need to watch that again, or maybe your seat wasn't shaking in your theater when that spaceship first hovered over the city :D  Of course,
thats my humble opinion.

12th July 2005 7:55  #27

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I just haven't enjoyed ID4 since the first time I saw it. 1 time was great, then it just felt...kind of lame.

I think WotW was a more expertly crafted film, and a huge achievement in 50's style metaphorical Sci-Fi, but admit it grinded to a hault in the end.

13th July 2005 4:08  #28

Keith Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 221
Quote: Originally posted by Gabriel Powers
I just haven't enjoyed ID4 since the first time I saw it. 1 time was great, then it just felt...kind of lame.

I think WotW was a more expertly crafted film, and a huge achievement in 50's style metaphorical Sci-Fi, but admit it grinded to a hault in the end.

I've watched ID4 many times, still enjoying it.  I understand what you mean though how some movies fizzle out when watching again.  Its a personal taste of movies I suppose.

I agree, it was expertly crafted.  Look how far the industry has progressed since that time.  They really made this come to life and seem sureal.  I can't wait for the DVD.  I'll probably go see this one again.  

By the way, how did you like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow?

14th July 2005 18:30  #29

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,442 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I liked Sky Captain as a work of art, and was happy that multiplexes played it. As entertainment, I found it a bit lacking.

Basically it was totally worth seeing, but I decided against buying it.

20th July 2005 2:32  #30

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I love this movie. I want to see it so much again. Dakota Fanning is a brilliant actress and Steven Speilberg is an awesome director.
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