I actually, really liked this movie saw it multiple times in theaters, but im somewhat bias as this film was like the last film my dad and I enjoyed in theaters before he passed away.
The only part i was put off by was the boy charging off to battle and living.
The house scene i can live with as it did alot to show what cruise is willing to do to prtect his daughter. And the Aliens dieing from the germs...what do you want? That was the creme de la creme when the war of the worlds was first performed.