I Am Legend

I usually don’t like modern horror films. I prefer the ’50s classics. Black and white suits horror so much better, I think. I also don’t particularly care for the modern horror genre because it’s usually just 2 hours of people (usually teenagers) getting slaughtered, with an overload of vulgarities and blood. And they usually don’t give any message, which is why I prefer classic horror, since those always had a message. So, imagine my surprise when I watched this utterly fantastic film. 

I’ve heard that I Am Legend didn’t capture the feel of the original novel. Supposedly, the novel was a huge chess game between Robert Neville and the leader of the Dark Seekers. I haven’t mustered up the courage to read the novel though, as I’ve heard it’s pretty gruesome. But, all I can say is, if the novel was nothing like the 2007 film, then the film is better than the novel, because the film was amazing. It’s a modern day vampire/horror film that has a message. How odd is that?

It definitely has some Christian themes to it. Undoubtedly. Anna’s quote “Now the world is quieter. We can hear God’s plan. All you have to do is listen.” At first it seems like a ridicule of Christianity. But at the end, Neville says “I’m listening.” Oh boy. I seriously about teared up at that part. It was such a great moment. The whole thing with the butterfly was kind of odd, but beautiful also. (Might I recommend, if you went out and bought the two-disc edition, like I did, don’t bother with the alternate ending. It has a point, but it’s kind of dumb.)

Now, there’s some language in this film (the worst being the s-word, but you’ll miss it unless you have the subtitles on) but there’s not a lot. It’s not riddled with bad language. There are also some jump moments that are definitely freaky, including a buildup of suspense. But overall, this is an excellent film. 8/10 stars for I Am Legend.

Next review: Song of the South.


3 Responses to “I Am Legend”

  1. 1 micknick
    October 17, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Squigs, I guess I can really never know where you and I will stand in reviewing a movie. It’s not that I really disagree with you this time. I mean, I did think that I Am Legend is a good movie. But it is a very strange one. It wasn’t quite as fulfilling as it should have been. I was really left wanting more at the end (which can kind of be a good thing). Like I said, odd movie. Great review.

  2. October 17, 2008 at 8:58 am

    well you should be glad to hear that they’re planning I Am Legend 2, with Will Smith starring again. I guess it’ll be a prequel.

  3. 3 kt
    October 20, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Great review and i really like the new look! 🙂
    i think that i would have to see it again to really get it. i liked it the first time but it was a lot to take in.
    i think that Will Smith did an excellent job with I Am Legend. the only part that i started to tear up was the part when Sam died. oh man. that was awful!! that whole scene just brought out what he was going through. *sigh*

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