I Am Legend

May 15, 2008 by  

Hands down, Will Smith made this movie as it would otherwise be a smarmy rip off of “28 Days Later”, and an unnecessary adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic because it doesn’t use his themes at all in the film.

Will Smith deserves an Academy Award nomination for this movie; and ultimately probably won’t get one because the movie is a PG-13 horror flick that seems to have been better served as a summer flick.

The CGI is decent, but I still hate the fact that so many filmmakers rely on this as an alternative to costume design, make-up, and real effects.

The sequences of Smith alone are masterful because he is. There are scenes in which he’s talking to mannequins as if they’re real people, and there’s even one he’d like to “hit on” a bit–and in theory, this seems ridiculous and a bit too out there…like you’d never believe even in 10 years much less 3 that a person would try and convince themselves that a mannequin could be real. But Smith pulls it off because he’s so endearing and honest. And you start to think–yeah maybe it IS possible to be that lonely and think that way…

There are times, especially in the beginning of the film, where I really got involved emotionally and was in the spirit of the film completely. But toward the end, it just starts to feel like any other “survival of a virus infection” movie and that’s unfortunate because it did have potential to at least be a companion film to “28 Days Later”.

I still overall enjoyed it, and because of Smith, I’m giving this:

:grin::grin::grin: out of :grin::grin::grin::grin:

Some kudos to the dog Sam, as well–she had more character than I think a human companion could.

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