W.O.W.

Tom & Steven
WOW Steven…

So Crystal and I partook in one of the biggest movies to hit theatres this summer, War of the Worlds. I must say this film was very good. It was not excellent by any means by it was very good. Being that 99.7543% of you know the plot and outcome of the story I will for go the normal procedure on this one and go right for the jugular…

One thing that stands out about this movie is that it is unrelentless in its portrayal of the tragedy and destruction that goes with a full on alien invasion. Steven did not hold back here and a lot of the imagery in this film is very powerful and might not be suitable for everyone. Halfway through the movie Crystal turned to me and says, “I’m really terrified…”. While I did not experience the level of terror she did the movie is definatly a tense film that keeps you on edge throughout the whole thing. However I did have two problems with the movie one was a scene that takes place in the basement of a house and I felt that the scene ran way too long. The other complaint I had was that the end of the movie was your typical Speilberg ending. I did not think it fit in with the movie really but it did not ruin the movie for me. Tom Cruise however did not fall victim to the crappy ending. He stayed tough throughout the whole film and proved once again that he is as good as an actor as we all think he is…

So by all means go and see this movie and let me know what you think because I’m curious…

Now that we’re in our War of the Worlds mood I thought I would share some interesting things that I came across while researching for this post:

1. All weekend Sirius Satellite radio will be re-broadcasting Orson Welles’ famous radio rendition of War of the Worlds on their Radio Classics Channel. Not like any of you have Sirius other than me or Shane but incase you decide to join up go to www.Sirius.com for details and times…

2. Apparently right here in our own state of New Jersey they have erected a monument on the EXACT site where Orson Welles’ said that the aliens landed in his famous 1938 radio Drama rendition of War of the Worlds. Here is a picture of it. So maybe if you’re in the mood you might want to take a trip up to Grover’s Mill in West Windsor, NJ and visit…

3. The third and probably most interesting thing I found out was that in 1992 England had their own little version of the War of the Worlds. However this was on LIVE television and it wasn’t about aliens it was about ghosts. A Faux-Documentary entitled, GHOSTWATCH gripped many Britons into fear and even caused some documented cases of post-traumatic stress. I’d really like to see this but alas it was only released on DVD on Region 2 so I guess I’ll have to figure something out. But I suggest you check it out, you can read all about it HERE

I think this weekend I will go and check out the monument and take some pictures. Maybe I’ll see you all there…

I have a busy weekend ahead of me so I’ll see you all next week. Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend…

Until next time… “I’m wanted Dead or Alive…”

2 thoughts on “W.O.W.

  1. ya know, my father saw this film this past week. the 1953 version of war of the worlds is actually his favorite movie. a lot of my friends said everything was great up unti the end, they said it was “cliche and cheesy”. my father disagreed because he said it was the original ending. he also said that he was very very impressed with the movie and how spielberg handled the reality of the aliens. he felt it was very life like and said the film was really intense. i haven’t seen the movie yet, i am really excited though, since i loved the original when i saw it. when i do see it, i’ll let you know what i think….

  2. Dara i think you have my definition of the end of the movie confused. What I am talking about is not how the aliens were defeated but how Spielberg ended the movie after they were defeated. That was the part that bothered me. Your Dad is absolutely correct in saying that the end of the aliens is the same as the book but the path leads the audience down after their destruction is a monster of his own creation and that is the part I was having trouble with.

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