War of the Worlds (2005)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins
Running Time: 1 hrs. 56 min
Rated: PG-13

Review by Brother Reed

In grade school I read the book War of the Worlds, or at least a kids’ adaptation of it. I don’t remember a lot of details about the story, but I do recall some standout facts and I remember being enthralled with the tale H.G. Wells was weaving. The sketchy illustrations (I told you it was a kids’ version) depicted strange creatures with hooked beaks and tentacles crawling out of craters, and giant machines menacing a frightened populace. It was exciting fuel for my young imagination. What I don’t remember was having to put up with a grumpy dad and a rebel kid who hate each other’s guts. If you’re a big fan of movie family dysfunction, expect to be right at home for 2 hours with War of the Worlds.