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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Steven Spielberg's WAR OF THE WORLDS

Yeap! Managed to go to the national premiere (or was it worldwide?) premiere of Steven Spielberg's 'War of the Worlds', starring Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning.

So here are my thoughts, I just came back minutes earlier, so pardon me if I don't sound intelligible enough.

It's a spectacular-looking film. It seriously is.

Technically, this is 'best' film of summer 2005. Yes, I enjoyed Revenge of The Sith a lot, but mostly due to lowered expectations, I enjoyed Batman Begins due to the fact that it was a SERIOUS comic book movie (it takes itself seriously like X-men and Spidey flicks, but not TOO seriously like The Hulk), I enjoyed Mr and Mrs Smith because it's a lighthearted film with really good action scenes. These three films made me leave the theater with a smile on my face.

But 'War of The Worlds' is different. It's not a feel-good 'YAY! LET'S KICK SOME ALIEN ASS' film like Independance Day, despite Tom Cruise being in it, there's not a true 'action hero' type person in it to fight the aliens, Tom Cruise merely plays a regular guy constantly running away from the indestructible aliens while trying to keep his children safe. Usually, in alien films, or disaster flicks, there tend to be an action hero jumping into the rescue, doing all kinds of superhuman feats to save the panicked masses, well, this film is completely told from the POV of a guy from the panicked masses.

What makes 'War of the Worlds' so special is that many scenes from it will stick with you long after you've seen it. And I don't really want to describe it as it will ruin the experience for you. I feel that 'War of the Worlds' is rather similar to Jurassic Park (the first one) in tone and feel, perhaps even darker. I thought I've seen everything with the number of disaster flicks I've seen, but 'War of the Worlds' is simply... visually stunning. That's all I can think of saying so far. It's hard to say whether it's more enjoyable and entertaining than Mr and Mrs Smith, Revenge of the Sith and Batman Begins (the three summer blockbusters I enjoyed most thus far), but I can definitely say that this is the most memorable one.

Props to Steven Spielberg.