The Grinch hatches a scheme to ruin Christmas when the residents of Whoville plan their annual holiday celebration. The idea of a mockumentary telling of the War between the Planets as a real event struck me as utter genius and gold. That journey took them down a tough road indeed. Trying to pick up those pieces and assemble a worthy movie that stayed true to Wells's original vision is a task perhaps best left to masochists, but Hines stuck it out and it clearly paid off. The Saiyans were supposed to have been almost completely wiped out in the destruction of Planet Vegeta, so what's this one doing on Earth? Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest.
Surely the destruction of London, the capital of the world at that time, was far too big for governments to suppress and if they could, it's not likely that they would have left film footage to be declassified decades later at just the right time. He kept the story extremely old fashioned, with most of what we hear transcribed verbatim from the book and structured around the original chapter headings, but he told it in very modern ways. For instance, he clearly went back three quarters of a century to the infamous and innovative 1938 radio adaptation by the Mercury Theatre, which Orson Welles cleverly phrased as a progression of news bulletins and, in doing so, infamously conned a great number of listeners into believing aliens were actually invading. The creature's ear was manipulated by woodwind musicians, its breathing by subdermal bladders blown into arhythmically. Secondly, in the book the ship destroyed two of the Martian fighting machines, once by ramming, and the second as the ship exploded, in a battle of human machine versus Martian machine - the humans and the Martians were present, but invisible, as the mechanical warfare was fought. After reaching their target, the paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must fight against horrifying, bloody, and violent creatures that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment.
This is done so skillfully that it drew me in and made the events seem almost authentic. People believed they were hearing an actual invasion from Mars that night. Highly recommended to those who love revisionist history, alien invasion films, and thrilling real life documentaries. About the only thing new with this version is the framing device of a documentary, and nothing more. What he gives us does require some suspension of disbelief, in a similar way to the Welles radio take, but the rapid fire editing helps on that front. This encounter between the three Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies turns into a stupendous battle, with even Frieza back from Hell getting caught up in the mix.
I could smile knowingly each time something happens that, even in a best case scenario, Hines couldn't have found footage for. Some may even recognize the Odessa steps scene in Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. I looked forward to watching this, only to find that my valuable relaxation time was wasted! Actually, I am raising this to a 4 out of 10, because after all it is better than the woeful Tom Cruise version and especially the dreadful version by Asylum. Wells, who was killed by the Martian's tripod. So despite the literally species-changing event of an interplanetary invasion, one which has resulted in tens or hundreds of thousands of deaths, the destruction of multiple English towns and cities, and the remains of Martian technology left behind which could conceivably change all of human civilization unlike anything that had preceded it, far beyond that of even internal combustion, electricity, or the radio. The dramatic scenes, filmed in sepia tones to blend in with the historical footage, are clumsily staged and acted.
Puppeteers controlled hair and tentacle movement. The slavish devotion to detail is admirable and it pays off. And this is where we come to the negatives. A documentary-style drama directed by Timothy Hines, which revisits Wells' novel, portraying the events of the book as historical, through the documented recollections of a survivor of the Martian war. Because it's available on Prime I get to watch it over and over.
Highly recommended to those who love revisionist history, alien invasion films, and thrilling real life documentaries. Frankly, I am not in the least bit interested anymore. After archive footage was carefully selected, it had to be 'stabilized perfectly where effects were combined and then returned to the original shaky and flickery state. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. Sometimes the old classics are as important for what we read into them as for what they say.
Military historians would certainly have a field day deciphering the variety of source material in evidence, not only to identify where it came from but also what was actually original. In a clear attempt at damage limitation, he released two further versions, a director's cut in late 2005 which knocked three quarters of an hour off the almost three hour running time and a 'special final cut edit' a year later called The Classic War of the Worlds which pruned it further to just over two hours, with new scenes added, others reedited and many effects reworked. A docile and shy girl transforms into a new persona, a dark and merciless woman with only revenge on her mind to get justice at her own hand. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. It does look very good, in a 'steam punk' kind of way. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore.
Similar holes can be poked here; it's a stretch to believe that Hines, having discovered that the Martians really did invade England in 1900, was able to locate declassified film footage to illustrate that fact. Critics hear the word 'journey' a lot and it doesn't usually mean much, but here it's quite clearly about as appropriate as it gets. I hope to see you there. Aubrey Smith Shirley Temple William Powell Not bad. However, the phoney accents and the old guy with the phoney Bell's Palsy. Overall, an absolute exercise in bad production, bad direction, bad editing and even worse acting! I love the old school footage. A docile and shy girl transforms into a new persona, a dark and merciless woman with only revenge on her mind to get justice at her own hand.
They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. A hardware store employee's first night on the job is disrupted by the discovery of a dead body and a duffel bag full of cash. And so we watch the journalist Bertie Wells the 'H' in 'H G' stood for Herbert recount the adventures we know so well as real life events in interview footage shot in 1965 when he was an old man. The film premiered in Seattle on June 14, 2012 to begin its 50-theatre tour of the United States. A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown. But hey, I got swept up in the editing, but then I'm strange that way.