I must say, War of the Worlds and this movie have been fantastic. The post war angst of disaster is there, in your face. But the characters are interesting, and I now know where the concept of burning money comes from.
There is a touch of humour, in the midst of disaster which makes the film more of a human epic. The special effects aren't all that bad, remember, man on the moon was in the realm of sci-fi at the time, so whatever they came up with is amazing in its imagination and often so close to the truth. The burning up fuel, nothing left to land with is a reality in our modern space shuttles of today. And yet, they thought of it in great detail in this film. Re-entry into atmosphere, hadn't been addressed or landing gear, but then the landing wouldn't be as dramatic at the end.
Only criticism is right at the end, the canvas painting foreign planet looks like a painting.
If you like classic sci-fi, this one is a gem.