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Tricia's retro film review: The War of the Worlds (1953)

The War of the Worlds (1953)


The War of the Worlds is the 1953 adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel. This time, it takes place in America. Dr. Clayton Forrester is examining some “meteorites.” They turn out to be spaceships from Mars. The Martians start attacking people and destroying cities. The military uses every single weapon, including an atom bomb, but nothing works. Dr. Forrester is able to get a sample of their blood, but when they pick up their equipment, the aliens attack again. Will Earth be able to defeat the Martians?

While not a bad adaptation, it actually goes against Wells’ message. In the original story, having faith was not a good thing, as the religious man the main character meets ends up getting killed. In the film, Dr. Forrester ends up finding sanctuary in the church. To be fair, the aliens were a metaphor for Communism, which was anti-religion. MST3K fans will have a hoot over the fact that the hero is named Dr. Clayton Forrester. Other than the religious slant, the rest of the film’s changes makes sense. Honolulu sci-fi film fans should at least rent this film.

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