The DIrectors Guild theater was surprisingly full for a Monday night, 9:30 showing of WAR OF THE WORLDS. The movie, with destruction that makes INDEPENDENCE DAY look like a WB cartoon, is actually "disturbing" — this is not a "popcorn movie" — especially at the Directors Guild theater where food and drink are not allowed. Something about the invaders, and Americans being refugees in their own country, strikes a chord resonant with the upsurge of fascism. Other flicks where aliens attack have people running and screaming, but this film shows the displaced, homeless, bereaved, searching, fearful aspect of those "running extras" that we’ve not seen except in newsreel footage of armed invasions and other wars. And this was WAR OF THE WORLDS — so it was. Morgan Freeman narrated, Tim Robbins received applause when his face came on screen, and Dakota Fanning solidified her reputation as the best screen actress under five feet tall. Tom Cruise is over five feet tall, isn’t he? He worked hard too. Special effects were astounding.
Next up for critique: The Devils Rejects. Haven’t seen it, but sure have it on my to-do list.