War of the Worlds Just Sucked
I just wasted two hours of my life. At least I got to sit next to Amy and eat popcorn.
As I’ve said in the past, we get two movies a week in Homer. Friday morning comes with great anticipation as we drive past the theater marque (on the corner of Main Street and Pioneer – how fitting) to see what we get to enjoy next. This week is War of the Worlds and Bewitched and I had low hopes for both of them. Since we don’t have a TV here, this is all we are going to get this week (no – I haven’t broken down to watching movies on my laptop yet.)
We gave War of the Worlds a shot tonight. It was tragically awful. Yeah – the special effects were good. But H.G. Wells is screaming his head off wherever he is (or would be if you believe in an afterlife.) The acting was marginal. The plot was completely predictable. The Spielberg cute-heroic-screaming child did exactly what you’d expect. The sullen teenager did exactly what you’d expect. All the humans behaved poorly under pressure and the military was completely ineffective against the aliens. After 115 minutes of stupidity, the aliens and their machines fell over dead, humanity was saved, and the Morgan Freedman / God character got to make a stultifying speech.
And – I’m still not entirely sure what actually happened. Ugh – that was terrible. Sadly, Bewitched may be the better movie of this week.