Sunday, December 16, 2007

Film Review: I Am Legend

  • Based on the book: I Am Legend
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Screenplay by: Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2007)
  • PG-13
  • 101 min.
  • I watched this film on Dec. 14

Okay, so I'm not trying to be one of those asshats who's all: "Oh, the movie was sooo much better than the book!" because: fuck that noise, the are different things. But I will be the first to tell you if a movie is different. You may remember that I read this book and reviewed it: here. Also, here's more info on the book, but beware of spoilers in that link.
Anyway, Will "Parents Just Don't Understand" Smith is Robert Neville here and his name, the general scenario and the title are about the only similarities to the book. But let's put those facts aside for a moment and discuss the film.
Smith, as usual, is beautiful, strong and really an actor who deserves more credit. I would image it's pretty damn hard to carry an entire movie with only yourself, a dog to deal with (also some hungry girl at the end - eat a cookie!). He is entrancing as someone who is in this impossible situation, who is both fixed on survival and a bit mad. I actually teared up (just call me Weepy McEstrogen) at one part just because of his face. I literally couldn't watch he was emoting so believably.
So, you can imagine that the story of the last(ish) man on Earth is a fucking bummer, and that's true. But, it's also creepy. The vamp/sickies were creepy, though a little too CG at times. Either way, I do not want to get eaten by one of those guys.
Okay, now, the things they changed, ie: everything. They totally changed Skinny McHungrypants as a character which was lame and that in turn changed the whole effing ending and the reason for the title. Which is kind of lame. I'm not going to get into it, you should read it, but trust me, it's bizarre. Though, this ending gave a more sunshiny, lollipops kind of ending, unlike the book.
Once again, I really did like this movie. It was intense, it was creepy, there were some good jumps and there was lots of emotion (possibly even a chuckle). So, see it. know, read the book too.


Carl V. said...

I ended up seeing this twice this week, once with a good friend and then again on Saturday as my wife and daughter just 'had' to see it. I read the book years ago and really enjoyed it. Thankfully it was long enough ago that I wasn't comparing the two during the viewing. I found it to be fun the first time around but didn't think I would enjoy a second viewing. Surprisingly I found myself enjoying it much, much more the second time around. I think I was able to appreciate some of the film maker's choices during the second viewing. All in all it was a fun movie. Not one I need to own, but one I'm glad to have seen in the theatre.

Anonymous said...

Well I read this book but I have not seen this movie, Book is so interesting and My friend said that Watch I am Legend Movie it's an awesome movie. So today I will definitely watch this movie.