War of the Worlds (2005) – Preview

The lastest word on War of the Worlds is that it isn’t really War of the Worlds. It’s just another Independence Day. Recent interviews with Spielberg and his crew have revealed that a lot of the key elements from the book are being completely left out. For instance, the aliens aren’t Martians. Yes, that’s right, they aren’t from Mars. They’re just random aliens from somewhere out there in the Galaxy, because, according to Spielberg “that’s more realistic”.
Ok, first off, you’re making an alien invasion movie here. If you want to make realistic movies, try making one about a guy in Wisconsin milking cows. Secondly, while we’ve found no evidence of life on Mars, it wouldn’t be any harder to invent a reason for us to have missed it than it is to make the aliens from somewhere else. Part of the genius of War of the Worlds is that the aliens in it are our nearest neighbors. And they’ve been watching us, studying us. They’re right there, a short hop across the cosmos away, glaring at us with malice. Well, this movie has tossed that out the window.
The other big element being left out of Spielberg’s narrative is the Black Smoke used by Wells’ aliens on Earth’s populace. It’s their alternative weapon, one symbolic of fear and utter death. Spielberg has tossed it, along with the idea of his main character making a lonely trek for survival. Instead, his lead has a family and a minivan to tote along with him.
Movie Preview for War of the Worlds (2005) – 2005-06-13