Originally posted by ShawnJ
I half-expected Crazy Cruise to interpret the blood-sucking alien tripods as the second coming of Xenu. That aside, the film was poorly realized-- the only worthwhile aspects being Cruise's affability, Spielberg's talent as a director, and perhaps Dakota Fanning's lung capacity. Although the film was a disappointment, Tom Cruise throws a mean peanut butter sandwich!
The PB sandwich thing was pretty funny, and came at a good time. Lots of stiff armed people needing a break from the intensity! I loved the film but hated three things (spoiler alert!):
1) Screamy-lung kid (really annoying and over-done). Hell, my daughter would be hiding under the seat sucking her thumb!
2) Flaming Am-Trak (reminded me of that scene in Ice Age where the characters stop at the crossing to wait for the iceberg to pass. Booo!
3) Lame-ass, kid-made-it-home ending! Shoulda died, little smart-ass pecker!
Other than that, I really liked the film. It was well done and realistic. I also liked the way the tri-pods wondered about, "Mars Attacks" style. It was almost comical. The way a kid would plow through an anthill. Really captured the aliens sense of outright destruction. Just plow through and bulldoze EVERYTHING!