You know what would've made the original "War of the Worlds" film better? What if Dr. Clayton Forrester had two whiny and spoiled brats along for the ride? Said no one ever. Except maybe Steven Spielberg and/or Tom Cruise.
Overall, it had some positive points, but I couldn't enjoy the film because of Dakota Fanning's constant shrieking.
Although it is somewhat more faithful to the novel- the war machines are actually tripods and we get to see how the aliens "consume" humanity- there are some really strange plot points about the ships being buried that come out of nowhere.
They obviously were trying to evoke 9/11 here just a few years after the fact, and some scenes were very tense and suspenseful.
I just didn't buy into the whole family drama that seemed to be the crux of the plot. I did like the Gene Barry and Ann Robinson cameos as grandpa and grandma though.