I took both my daughter and nephew to see War of the Worlds yesterday... I enjoyed the movie, as did they, but I wouldn't call it a classic or even give it an "A" rating for a couple of reasons.
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1. The entire city's car population died through EMP - stopped dead in their tracks, there were masses of people fleeing in panic, yet Tom was the only one able to retreive a running vehicle and he and his family were able to pretty much easily drive through all the "dead" vehicles and masses of peope.
2. How in the world did his son not only make it Beantown before Tom and his daughter, but even to survive after he left his father to go to the front lines of the military action? All of those military personnel on the front line during that scene were completely anialated. An explanation is needed.
3. And finally, the ending... to abrupt and without any warning or clues as to how the aliens were going to be defeated. I prefer the Mars Attacks! ending, where Slim Whitman's yodeling - discovered by a grandmother - does the Martian's in... but to at the very end, add the narration of how and why the Martians were dying, to me, just seemed to rob something from the picture.
I give the movie an overall grade of B.