General / Off-Topic The BBC's war of the worlds is pants

Totally unnecessary relationship issue backstory, tripods too big and made of crystal, Martians tripod shaped, best bits of the story missing and replaced with heavy handed environmentally aware flash forwards.

They took a run up and managed to make a total mess of one of the best stories ever told.

You can see how good it could have been if they'd just skipped the extra's they crammed in and stuck rigidly to the book. Its like the Hobbit movies when it could have been like LOTR.

GRRR and other angry noises.
Got around to watching the 1st part last night. Given the universal slating it seems to have gotten................... I was pleasantly surprised.

Perhaps it is about to go down hill (i wont read too much of this thread as "spoilers" etc until i am done with it). Whilst it had a few flash forwards which are new, over all the story seems unmistakably WOTW to me, more so than the Tom Cruise Hollywood version of it at any rate.

episode 1 6.5/10 Not too bad and better than I expected.

again... no spoilers please but i really hope the scene with Thunder child is in there.

edit... ok just have to update my score to 7/10... purely because it was partly filmed at my home forest... how did i not know that? (Delamere) :D
 
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i have tried to do some googling but dont want spoilers so it is difficult.
Does anyone know what are the air dates for the Fox/Canal+ contemporary take on the WOTW?

i found a short official trailer which states november but i cant find anything else. Surely if i had missed it there would be all sorts of reports and reviews about it.

thanks
 
i have tried to do some googling but dont want spoilers so it is difficult.
Does anyone know what are the air dates for the Fox/Canal+ contemporary take on the WOTW?

i found a short official trailer which states november but i cant find anything else. Surely if i had missed it there would be all sorts of reports and reviews about it.

thanks

Post #30 above @Rubbernuke mentions having seen it:

 
i have tried to do some googling but dont want spoilers so it is difficult.
Does anyone know what are the air dates for the Fox/Canal+ contemporary take on the WOTW?

i found a short official trailer which states november but i cant find anything else. Surely if i had missed it there would be all sorts of reports and reviews about it.

thanks

Trust me, the title is the only similarity. The rest is an open ended mish mash of not much- only watch the first two episodes and the last to save time. And this is just series 1! By episode four I was wanting to believe a story was hiding in there but its just pap.
 
Trust me, the title is the only similarity. The rest is an open ended mish mash of not much- only watch the first two episodes and the last to save time. And this is just series 1! By episode four I was wanting to believe a story was hiding in there but its just pap.
I just looked at the Wiki article for the Fox version and it was enough... "A signal from another galaxy..." and later... "signal from Ross 123".
 
I just looked at the Wiki article for the Fox version and it was enough... "A signal from another galaxy..." and later... "signal from Ross 123".

And thats the 'exciting' part. In all honesty the BBC adaption is a country mile better than the Fox / Canal co production- its like comparing the original novel to an Argos catalogue.
 
Tom Cruise's version was the best version.
No chance.....
Definitely the original one imo.

The Tom Cruise one is ok as a general scifi flick but it changes too much imo and what is with moving it to America? (not as bad as U571 tho which changed actual real events but I digress)
 
I re-watched the BBC version for a second time and I've mellowed towards it somewhat. Its a good adaptation but a lost opportunity.

Personally I'd much prefer a book faithful version.
 
I re-watched the BBC version for a second time and I've mellowed towards it somewhat. Its a good adaptation but a lost opportunity.

Personally I'd much prefer a book faithful version.
I still have the last episode to go so my pitchfork is still at the ready with points sharpened... but so far - thanks mostly to the amount of people who told me in advance it is crap, i am happy with it. I would say they make a bit too much out of the frowned upon relationship (I genuinely expected some weird shocker that they were brother or sister or something given the "oh that is who you are" kind of reaction at the start of episode 1 - perhaps i have watched too much League of gentlemen ;) ).. and I know some didnt like the environmental issues aftermath part............ but (and going from distant memory) i am pretty sure the terraforming in all the old versions had an effect on people, and besides.... so long as not too in your face i do not think it is a bad thing tbh.

hell, next up maybe i need to watch ghostbusters 2016. The amount of hate that one got, my expectations are less than zero so perhaps i will like it too.. (huge segue btw but the trailer for the 2020 ghostbusters looks interesting)
 
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I like it when W of TW is done in victorian times.
 
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