First, the biggest drawback: it starred Tom Cruise. Several in our group boycotted the movie because of him. I don’t blame them.
But War of the Worlds also starred Dakota Fanning. I suspect she’s some sort of genetically modified kid. She acts waaay to good for someone her age.
War of the Worlds was intense; special effects were awesome. No nudity, little gratuitous cussing, a whole lot of destruction though. Spielberg should win an award for special effects over George Lucas’ Star Wars.