I just watched Speilberg’s War of the Worlds.
I was pleasantly surprised. He kept the bulk of the cool stuff from the book and successfully transplanted it into the present day. There were one or two minor pacing issues near the opening, and it sacrificed some of the gothic and claustrophobic feel of the book for action; but neither of these is too serious.
I’m unable to look at it as a movie in its own right… without which bias I suspect some of the flaws inherent in the story might be all too clear. I loved the book, and as an adaption of the book into cinema, this is a pretty tough movie to beat.