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War of the Worlds

Discussion in 'off topic' started by cctaylor, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Been watching this on BBC, the opening titles say based on the book by HG Wells. Inspired by would be far more appropriate. Apart from the opening premise the plot doesn't really follow the book. ( Just re-read it to refresh my memory).

    Jeff Wayne's concept album was much closer.
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  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I quite enjoyed it for what it is
  3. Seeker_UK

    Seeker_UK Waiting for the streetcar..

    No-one has ever managed to produce an adaptation that accurately follows the book. Not even Jeff. :)
  4. Barryoke

    Barryoke pfm Member

    Wasn't Peter Jackson supposed to be making his own adaptation that would follow the book?.. given his previous work, it would be very interesting indeed. I found the BBC version equally disappointing like the OP.
  5. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Bizarrely Jeff gets about the closest as I recall (I read it as a kid)!
  6. Alex S

    Alex S pfm Member

    No one would have believed... it
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  7. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    What a load of ballocks. I read the original just a couple of years ago, its still an excellent read. I hope somebody at the Beeb is getting a good kicking for this one.
  8. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing Remainiac Terrorist

    Jeff had Richard. Richard brought gravitas to everything and anything. Broadsword calling Danny Boy.
  9. Mullardman

    Mullardman Moderately extreme...

    Very long time since I read the original and I love Wells' writing. 'Men Like Gods' would make a terrific film. This BBC version.. which promised so much at the start.. descended into a mess. Even the actors didn't seem to know which flashback they were in.. A wasted opportunity.
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  10. lazycat

    lazycat pfm Member

    There is a decent reading of the book on BBC sounds - recommended.

    All I'll remember from the TV travesty is the womans face expressing a variety of misery. Maybe that was the point, but it made for a shite, boring programme.

    And what was the budget? Tuppence?
  11. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart pfm Member

    We survived the first 30 minutes of the first episode and had already spotted the signs of a poxy, weak, period costume drama. No thanks.
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  12. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I enjoyed the first two episodes but the final one seemed to descend into a 'Threads' style dystopian misery
  13. Bananahead

    Bananahead pfm Member

    I watched all three last night. I enjoyed the first two but the last one seemed like three episodes pushed into one.
  14. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    Don't spoil the ending for me. Not watched it all yet ;)
  15. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


    Whatever you do, do NOT click the play button!

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  16. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    What a magnificent voice that man had. and what a great LP in its time. Not heard it for ages.
  17. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    I thought it was desperately slow last night, just managed to stay awake but I was relieved when the news came on!

    More a tenth of an episode padded out than three pushed into one.

    Tempted to read the book again though; all a bit hazy after 55 years.
  18. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Very poor third episode.
  19. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    I watched the first episode but probably won't bother with the rest. The book itself is very short, so I guess some padding-out was inevitable.
  20. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Agreed. Thought the first was interesting if a little bizarre. Halfway through the second we decided not to watch the third (last night). Judging by comments up post we didn't miss anything.

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