Last night, I watched as War of the Worlds exploded onto the movie theater's screen. The movie was fast-paced, action-packed, and it left me tired at the end. I was never a big fan of Independence Day (warring with aliens is so cliche), but War of the Worlds delivered on the promise of a summer blockbuster. If you're looking to spice up your summer, go see this movie. It was an easy 4 out of 5.
Ultimately, movies like this so often come down to whether or not the special effects were believable. The special effects in War of the Worlds were just right. That is, they weren't noticeable at all. The movie went on with everything seeming perfectly real and fitting in without problem. Rather than show every explosion and boom, it often showed the effects that such an event would have (ground shaking, blaring sounds and bright lights). It did have its share of spectacle as well. In fact, Spielberg created a movie that was visually memorable. Images from it are still in my mind. Just as they would likely haunt the characters of the movie.
Fast-Paced, Well Delivered
War of the Worlds jumps straight to the punch. Then, it never lets up for a second. Immense event after event unfolds on the screen with hardly a pause, yet the pacing never seems rushed. The characters are extremely normal, but the story is anything but. It has the feel of a modern day Godzilla. The directing was superb, and even the acting was top par.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was fun, it was action-packed, and it was visually stunning. I keep reading that American Hollywood blockbusters are a dying breed, but with movies like War of the Worlds and others that I have seen this summer, I think this may be the best summer line-up yet.
Note: The movie didn't get a 5 out 5 only because humanity got our butts kicked by the aliens. Come on, that takes a point away right there.