Friday, December 21, 2007
Movie Review: I Am Legend
Last Saturday Hubby and I went to see "I Am Legend". It stars Will Smith, who I love. He's a great actor. The film is based on the short story of the same name by Richard Matheson. I read the book a few months ago after I saw the previews for the movie. I really enjoyed the story so I was excited to see the movie. The story is about a man, Robert Neville, who is the last man alive after a plague turns everyone else into vampires. The book and movie had quite a few differences. In the book he was a factory worker in England in the 1970's, in the movie he was a military scientist in New York in the near future. And that is just the beginning of the differences between the literature and the film, the whole story was filled with them. The ending in the book is more dramatic, instead of the happier ending Hollywood gives it; not that all ends happily, but in the book the ending is a bit more final. Despite the differences I highly enjoyed the movie. The action was great, the vampires were terrifying, and Will Smith did an excellent job, as always. Hubby complained that I scratched up his leg from constantly grabbing onto him during the scary parts. If you like scary movies but don't want a ton of sex and swearing, this is a great one. I didn't notice much swearing and because he was pretty much alone most of the show there was no sexual scenes. If you have read the book you may be a bit disappointed that the movie does not follow the story much, but I think you will still enjoy it. If you haven't read the book you will probably enjoy it even more since there will be nothing to compare it too. Either way, it is a great movie, and one we will likely buy when it comes out on DVD.