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War of the Worlds, The (1953, 2005) [original and re-adaptation]

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Old Dec 18, 1999, 08:31 PM   #1
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Re: Is it accurate?

It would be great if someone could write a formal review of this. Is it accurate in regards to the novel?
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Old Jan 2, 2000, 05:05 PM   #2
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I am a highschool student and although I have never seen the movie, I thought you might like to know that I found The War of the Worlds to be an exceptional book. It is quite impressive that a book over a century old could be that believable if not for modern science. After reading The War of the Worlds I found Wells to be the pre-eminent founder of science-fiction as we know it today. I read it at one sitting and didn't stop until it was finished. It's not very intellectually challenging, but provided a welcome release from modern drudgery.

I did find that there was a somewhat overwhelming amount of locations for events presented to the reader. It's almost like one would need a map of the London area to stay on top of things. I also found it interesting to listen to the musical version on a record belonging to my father. With the addition of pictures and sound it really helped bring the story to life.
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Old Feb 1, 2000, 04:20 PM   #3
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Confused...

in the book and in the movie, there are like NO similarities
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Old Mar 5, 2000, 02:41 PM   #4
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Read the book, see the movies, and hear the several Orson Wells radio plays by different groups. Then you will appreciate how H.G. Wells' story is such a great one: it transcends its own time. Look for other Wells stories made into movies, such as The Time Machine and one from 1934 with a flying wing, The Shape of Things to Come.
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Old Jul 3, 2001, 07:47 AM   #5
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Re: Is it accurate?

Couldnt agree more
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Old Jun 30, 2003, 04:49 AM   #6
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Re: Is it accurate?

The movie is based more on the Orson Wells radio broadcast than the book in some ways.
Other deviations are the addition of a romance, religious
undertones and a redesign of the martians and the war
machines. Also the movie is set in the US and modern times
as opposed to england and turn of the last century.

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Old Jun 30, 2003, 02:08 PM   #7
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Re: Is it accurate?

In short, it sucks.

"War of the Worlds" is my favourite SF book, and when I saw this... travesty, I felt an irresistible urge to burn every single copy of this film, and all living witnesses. I blame it all on Hollywood.

Why, why, WHY couldn't you leave the book un-adultered?! WHY did you have to make this travesty of a movie?!

I hate it! I hate this film with every fiber of my being. I onlt have one thing to say: If you love the book, and are not fanatically American, stay clear from this. It'll only piss you off.
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 05:44 AM   #8
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omg i totally agree, that film sucked! i also felt excatly the way you did cause i read the books, saw the movie and felt rather quirky for reading them....
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 05:50 AM   #9
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Dont have to be non-US to have a beef with the movie... Alot of die-hard Wells fans didnt like it at all while others were either neutral or liked it on its own basis or as a recreation of the radio play.

Curiously hardly anyone seems to batt an eye at the Jeff Wayne musical... Personally I detest it for trying to drag the novel down to the level of Little Shop of Horrors. Others seem to love it and think it surpasses all else or seem not to have a clue there ever was a book... I do pitty these people. heh...

Have a look at Ray Harryhausen's cancelled work on his own version of War of the Worlds. The designs might have been a bot odd but he did try to stay a little more true to the book it seems
in design at least from a glance at the few remaining storyboards.
Storywise Im not sure. Looks like it would have gone off on a rather peculiar track. Too bad he never got it done as his work is very dynamic and lively.

But to each their own. some love it some hate it.
Much as the current batch of book or comic book to movie works
are being recieved. Lord of the Rings, Spiderman, Hulk, etc. All
have fallen to the Hollywood lie that they "MUST" change things
so those who read the book will be surprised, otherwise all these people would never go to see the movie... What rocks to they dig these Einsteins from under?

As said elsewhwere and often. I go to see a movie based on a book with the futile hope to see it realized. NOT taken through a paper shredder. Lets hope Pendragon follows through where
Paramont is likely to fall hard.

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Old Jul 3, 2003, 06:14 AM   #10
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yes omega, we believe you
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Old Jul 3, 2003, 04:25 PM   #11
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yes omega, we believe you

Are you sure? Do you feel well? Perhaps you'd better sit down and rest a bit. heh!

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Old Jul 3, 2003, 08:40 PM   #12
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look omega ive had it up to here with your wise cracks and hocus pocus
just dont touch me there
i bruise easy
and no i dont need to sit down
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Old Jul 4, 2003, 07:16 AM   #13
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i read the books... felt rather quirky for reading them....


Erm... there's only one book...
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Old Jul 9, 2003, 02:57 PM   #14
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hmmm? What are you talking about?
So I dont like the musical? So what? Other people like it.
Other people like it alot. And others could care less. Such is
the way of things.

Some people like the movie, some hate it. Thats the point of these boards in some ways, to discuss likes and dislikes.

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Old Jul 21, 2003, 09:39 AM   #15
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Re: Is it accurate?

Omega's point that "I go to see a movie based on a book with the futile hope to see it realized." is a common approach shared by many movie fans. However I think it is inherently flawed simply due to the Apples & Oranges theory. Personally I stopped comparing books and movies year ago. The mediums are so completely different that it is like comparing sheet music to a musical performance!

In some of the DVD's the special items sometimes include comments by screenwriters, almost always they make a point of emphasizing the difference between a screenplay and a book. If you insist on comparing the two I suspect you will be almost always dissapointed and you may miss out on a fine artistic achievement (the book or movie) that can stand on its own.

Having stated that I believe the movie "War of the Worlds" has an excellent screenplay, loosely based on Well's book but adapted for the screen and reset to the time and place of its major audience (1950's US). Wells, of course wrote to his own audience,1900's England, and in the form of a novel, not a screen play. Why compare? They are both fine creative achievements that stand on thier own!

Thanks for reading my opinion, I would be interested about any movie that you did think represented a book well?
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