JTWood wrote:mweir145 wrote:Some of these short reviews mention that the ending ruined this movie, well you obviously have never read the book before. I agree it is a bit anti-climatic, but I would rather Spielberg keep the original ending than play around with it in an attempt to make it "cooler" for the modern day.
Exactly. Spielberg was simply recreating the movie with today's stuff. He didn't really change much from the book. He obviously added the EMP stuff, since that hadn't been discovered then. By and large, though, Spielberg left the movie intact, including the ending.
You have to understand a couple of things:
1) At the time (1930's), this ending for this movie was extremely original.
2) The ending and this movie are forever tied together. When you think War of the Worlds, you think of the unique ending.
Changing the ending of this movie would be like changing the ending of Sixth Sense just because that ending wasn't so trendy anymore. You can't do that. When you think Sixth Sense, you think, "Oh my God! Bruce Willis is dead!!!"
The same thing goes for War of the Worlds. It's a classic, and altering is practically blashphemy.
Forgive me, I haven't seen the movie (have read the book so I know how it ends) but if it was an Electromagnetic pulse (like one from a nuclear weapon) that would explain why their shields got knocked out, Starcraft style.