BBC War of the Worlds

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Big-Bo-Beep

884 posts

17 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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it was good fun.





Fundoreen

2,093 posts

46 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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No one would have believed in the early part of the 21st century people responsible for the bbc abortion of WOTW would also be pistonheads members lol

El stovey

37,351 posts

226 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Well I quite like it. hehe

It’s just a new interpretation of the story. Sure it’s unlikely to win any BAFTA’s or whatever but it’s entertaining and looks pretty good.


El stovey

37,351 posts

226 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Leylandeye said:
This to me is a bit too much like Dr Who.
I agree it’s more dr who than aliens when you rate the science fiction quality and production values.

Still enjoyable though.

Big-Bo-Beep

884 posts

17 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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the novel is populist and low brow, the comparison with dr. who is fair .

one would think by the snooty comments that WOTW was a work of serious literature.

Morningside

23,675 posts

192 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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I know universally panned, zero stars, crap CGI and not sticking to the script. There's me waiting for the soft words of Richard Burton but no some *shock* woman voiceover! But I enjoyed it, really enjoyed it. Maybe more "monsters" next week.

Just watch with an open mind and forget books and musical.

Halb

51,731 posts

146 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Big-Bo-Beep said:
the novel is populist and low brow, the comparison with dr. who is fair .

one would think by the snooty comments that WOTW was a work of serious literature.
seems you're the one most guilty of being snooty here.

Johnnytheboy

21,634 posts

149 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Morningside said:
Just watch with an open mind and forget books and musical.
Ironically if it wasn't for the connection with the book I would have given up earlier.

boxedin

1,021 posts

89 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Dunno why they bothered.

The title sequence for His Dark Materials was much more enjoyable.

CrutyRammers

10,769 posts

161 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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I could probably ignore the usual BBC sledgehammering their political views home. The gay astronomer, the progressive socialist leading man, the intelligent leading lady held back by an evil patriarchy, every man in a position of power being a bad'un. But the comical piles of rubber rubble next to pristine houses, the actors supposedly running for their lives at the pace of a gentle Sunday morning jog, the supposed labourers who have clearly never handled a spade or pickaxe in their lives, the alien scenes with zero sense of threat or danger...abysmal. Too much effort making a backstory which nobody needed and not enough on doing the basics right.
Credit for at least trying to make the heat ray true to the book, and looks like the black smoke makes an appearance in E2.

SlimJim16v

3,233 posts

106 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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CrutyRammers said:
Too much effort making a backstory which nobody needed and not enough on doing the basics right.
Yep, amongst all the other crap, you've nailed the biggest issue.

Clockwork Cupcake

65,454 posts

235 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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It was all a bit "Downton Shabby"

Clockwork Cupcake

65,454 posts

235 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Blackpuddin said:
That's exactly why his brother was so shocked/outraged by it all, maybe you missed the bits that put that across.
Well, quite. Whoosh parrot comment really.

I think the biggest problem for me is that so much of the 1st part of what is only a 3-part mini-series had so much plot establishment and character development in it. It felt rushed, yet also dragged terribly. A lot of it wasn't really needed especially given there are only 3 parts - it's not Game of Thrones.

Clockwork Cupcake

65,454 posts

235 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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SlimJim16v said:
CrutyRammers said:
Too much effort making a backstory which nobody needed and not enough on doing the basics right.
Yep, amongst all the other crap, you've nailed the biggest issue.
yes

croyde

17,678 posts

193 months

Monday 18th November 2019
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Clockwork Cupcake said:
It was all a bit "Downton Shabby"
Have a rofl

DaveGrohl

434 posts

60 months

Tuesday 19th November 2019
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Just watched it tonight. I'm no WOTW afficionado and hadn't read up on this version anywhere to be expecting anything bad but Jeez, that's an hour of my life I'm never getting back. It was life-changingly slooooooooooowwwwww.

You can see it's cost an absolute fortune to make but wow, you'd have thought they'd have spent all that money on something worthwhile.

Zirconia

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36,010 posts

247 months

Tuesday 19th November 2019
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OK, giving it the next episode. Liked the effects with the tripod though but lad tickling the ground with a plastic pick axe, needed some more thought. You can do a lot on a lower budget than a blockbuster but also a lot that makes it look worse.

The Mars pictures tugged at my things wrong but not an issue.

Johnnytheboy

21,634 posts

149 months

Tuesday 19th November 2019
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DaveGrohl said:
You can see it's cost an absolute fortune to make...
Can you?

croyde

17,678 posts

193 months

Tuesday 19th November 2019
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I too thought, why are they digging for no purpose around the sphere.

I was looking forward to a missile/shell like craft and the slow unscrewing of the door.

Instead we get some hovering ball spitting ash. You see better effects on most YouTube videos.

Matt_N

8,570 posts

165 months

Tuesday 19th November 2019
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croyde said:
I too thought, why are they digging for no purpose around the sphere.
Worst digging something out effect ever!