Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

War Of The War Of The Worlds

Wells' narrator bullies and then murders a harmless clergyman. We think "what a brute!" Tom Cruise murders a creepy survivalist and afterwards we think "poor Tom, the terrible things he has to do to protect his daughter."

Hang on a minute. Daughter? There weren't any kids in Wells' original.

I love Spielberg for his early movies. Back then he seemed to have something to say- and it was great that he got given so much money to say it. Then, somewhere around mid-career the vital force slackened. The softness in his heart seemed to spread throughout his system.  The last film of his I really liked was AI. Wells' book is all about what worms we are. Spielberg's version- though it sticks surprisingly close to Wells' narrative- is all about Tom Cruise being wonderful.

Recent Posts from This Journal

  • Young And Old

    When you've been around the kids and the grandkids- as we have this week- it's refreshing to go visit someone really old- as we did this…

  • Desultory

    The lawn has turned into a wildflower meadow. I keep not mowing it because it's really much nicer in this state than if it were flattened. I…

  • Anima, Vagula, Blandula

    A blogger I read was talking about the Emperor Hadrian's little poem, Anima, Vagula, Blandula, in which a dying philosopher says…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.