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*** Official WAR OF THE WORLDS Discussion Thread


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#1 of 541 Fred Bang

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Posted June 26 2005 - 11:23 PM

Couple of reviews over at AICN, by the way. Harry says its the best movie he's seen this year, and Moriaty's extremely positive also.

#2 of 541 JonZ

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Posted June 27 2005 - 12:06 AM

Reviews up at AICN and of course they flipped for it.

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Posted June 27 2005 - 12:39 AM

Just came from seeing it tonight. Thought it was alright but nothing special. Definetly wasn't a fun film or adventure film and that kid in the movie crying throughout annoyed me. The effects were brilliant, though the ending was a bit abrupt. Oh well your milage may vary.

#4 of 541 DavidPla

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Posted June 27 2005 - 01:32 AM

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Reviews up at AICN and of course they flipped for it.


I wasn't sure they would. They've disliked the past couple of "sci-fi" Spielberg movies.

#5 of 541 Malcolm R

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Posted June 28 2005 - 11:21 AM

Rave review up at MSNBC.com.
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#6 of 541 Seppo

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Posted June 28 2005 - 12:21 PM

(Positive) reviews by Hollywood Reporter, Variety and Newsday.

#7 of 541 ChrisMatson

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Posted June 28 2005 - 12:26 PM

Rotten Tomatoes
Good reviews across the board.
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#8 of 541 Edwin Pereyra

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Posted June 28 2005 - 05:14 PM

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Posted June 28 2005 - 06:54 PM

I like Ebert a lot and often agree with him, but this is one of those bizarre reviews where he seems hung up on minutiae. In this case, it's the "impracticality of tripods." Although I haven't seen the movie yet, I think he might've missed the big picture here...

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Posted June 28 2005 - 07:40 PM

I agree with what most of Ebert said after watching the film. Guess I'm in the minority Posted Image

#11 of 541 Seth Paxton

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Posted June 28 2005 - 07:59 PM

Every other week we have a thread discussion about another one of Ebert's questionable reviews. IMO in the last year he has gone from unreliable to reliably opposite of what everyone else thinks. I have gone from not using him to almost going with exactly the opposite of what he says.

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Posted June 28 2005 - 09:38 PM

This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "War of the Worlds" please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

All HTF member film reviews of "War of the Worlds" should be posted to the Official Review Thread.

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#13 of 541 Juan C

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Posted June 28 2005 - 10:13 PM

I just listened to a very articulate talk online between Geoffrey Kleinman and Scott Weinberg, both of dvdtalk.com. They seem rather disappointed (or at least ambivalent).

http://www.dvdtalkra...com/player.html

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Posted June 28 2005 - 11:14 PM

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I just listened to a very articulate talk online between Geoffrey Kleinman and Scott Weinberg, both of dvdtalk.com. They seem rather disappointed (or at least ambivalent).


From OUR Scott Weinberg's review at Rotten Tomatoes:

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"96% of the movie works so damn well that you'll be more than willing to forgive the 4% that does not."
4.5 out of 5 stars.

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#15 of 541 Edwin Pereyra

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Posted June 29 2005 - 01:30 AM

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I have gone from not using him to almost going with exactly the opposite of what he says.

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#16 of 541 Chris Atkins

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Posted June 29 2005 - 02:40 AM

The annoying thing about Ebert's reviews are, as mentioned, when he focuses on little things (like the Tripods) or when he compares a movie like WAR OF THE WORLDS unfavorably to a movie like THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW.

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Posted June 29 2005 - 02:59 AM

According to what I read on another forum the rationale behind Ebert's review can be found on his Jurassic Park review:

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Think back to another ambitious special effects picture from Spielberg, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). That was a movie about the "idea" of visitors from outer space. It inspired us to think what an awesome thing it would be, if earth were visited by living alien beings. You left that movie shaken and a little transformed. It was a movie that had faith in the intelligence and curiosity of its audience.

In the 16 years since it was made, however, big-budget Hollywood seems to have lost its confidence that audiences can share big dreams. "Jurassic Park" throws a lot of dinosaurs at us, and because they look terrific (and indeed they do), we're supposed to be grateful. I have the uneasy feeling that if Spielberg had made "Close Encounters" today, we would have seen the aliens in the first 10 minutes, and by the halfway mark they'd be attacking Manhattan with death rays.

Because the movie delivers on the bottom line, I'm giving it three stars. You want great dinosaurs, you got great dinosaurs.

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Posted June 29 2005 - 04:21 AM

and I couldn't agree more.
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Posted June 29 2005 - 06:25 AM

The thing is, we don't live in an "E.T." sorta world anymore, and Spielberg knows this. I have to give it to the man that he isn't living on past glories by simply retreading silly little aliens that go "OW!" Now, I just hope Tom can keep his moouth shut until after I go watch this movie!Posted Image
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#20 of 541 Jack Briggs

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Posted June 29 2005 - 07:02 AM

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times's Kenneth Turan raved over the film in this morning's edition.


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