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

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Well I found this pretty lame....
I really want to see the movie, but I feel I should read the book or see the 50s adaptation first. The only encounter I've had with the material is the CBS Broadcast by Orson Welles and parts of the Jeff Wayne musical.
I saw this first day, and I was astonished! Dakota Fanning's best work yet (behind Man On Fire). Steven Spielberg made this movie what it is today. As Chris said, it's not a remake. It is actually a spinoff of a different story on War of the Worlds. They should make a War of the Worlds 2, being about a different family trying to survive the attack.
I've notice a lot of filmmakers wer impressed by this movie. I think that even those who didn't enjoy it have to admit that it was very well directed.
Quote: Originally posted by Phoenix Flame
 The theater i was in had stadium seating and surround sound.


Don't all of them now-a-days? I don't even consider that a special feature anymore to get me there. Although, I live in a huge city so maybe im spoiled...hehehe
i thought this movie was amazing. The theater i was in had stadium seating and surround sound. You could hear something if it was behind you and it made this movie expierence one of the best iv ever had. War of the Worlds: Special Collector's Edition is tentatively expected to street on 11/1
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
I thought it was good but not great...I found myself waiting for a lot of the special effects scenes.
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.
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!
I shall watch this along with The Descent this Friday.
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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.
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
I agree with what Jonny just said.
Anything that's been done before on tv or film is definitely a remake!!
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
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.
Not seen it yet. I'm just incredibly pedantic. It's all that moderation I do Wink
Tom
You're being very defensive about this film aren't you Chris? Wink I take it you like it? Hehe
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.
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
and bloody Land of the Dead! seriously! Best film of the year!
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?
Don't worry, it won't be an Entertainment in Video release.
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.
Care to substantiate that statement? And it's not a bloody remake! Wink
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
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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.
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.
It's not really a remake. It's an adaptation, in exactly the same way the 1953 movie was.
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
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.