quinta-feira, 24 de janeiro de 2008

I Am Legend

No, I'm not talking about me, although I'm indeed a blogging legend (cof, cof). Joking. Now, seriously, for a gamer's blog it's kind of strange that I end up posting more about movies and music than about games. Now that I think of it, I haven't played much lately, been too busy looking for a job and working on a couple of short stories (I don't write just for blogs).

But I digress. This time around I'm here to talk about I Am Legend, Francis Lawrence's latest movie starring Will Smith as the main character and the 3rd film based on Richard Matheson's book of the same name (the other 2 movies it inspired have different titles, though). This movie intrigued me ever since I heard the title. "I am legend", now that's an interesting name for a movie.

Meanwhile my will to see it turned down a little due to a guy's comments on another forum I visit regularly. The guy's a dickwad, though, and his opinion about the movie just confirms it. "Poor plot", "wasted potential", bah! Fuck him! Now I've watched the movie and I have my own opinion, and guess what, I liked it!

Although it's based on the aforementioned book, it just retains certain key aspects from the original plot, so even if you've already read the novel prepare to be surprised just like everybody else. For the most part the movie follows Neville's (the main character) struggle to survive in a world where almost everybody was turned into mutant freaks due to a virus. Being the last man alive in New York (and possibly the world), he desperately tries to find a cure, while managing to survive in a world where he has to hunt and scavenge for food and supplies. During the day this is somewhat easy, since the "infected" have a vampiric-like aversion to the sun, but when night comes...



Besides the interesting setting there were a couple of things that I really liked. For once there's a lot of references to real-life persons of products, like the movie Shrek or the artists Damian and Bob Marley. Yeah, we already knew the film was set on a contemporary NY (2012, to be precise), but it's little things like this that really gives the idea that the movie's events really happen in our world has we know it, and not in some kind of alternate reality.

Second, (SPOILER) the scene where his dog gets infected and he has to kill her really touched me. I don't know if it's just because I was always pretty attached to my pets and suffered a lot when they all died. Anyway, I almost cried when I watched that scene, and keep in mind I'm that kind of guy that laughs when most people die on movies, usually making fun of the other characters sad faces.(SPOILER end)

On the other way there were a couple of things I didn't like. The Infected, for example, look bad. worse, they don't look credible. The first time we see them, for just a second, they really look scary, but for the rest of the movie they just look like hyperactive monkeys jumping in unrealistic ways and they're faces just don't look credible. Even a child can tell they're CGI instead of guys wearing masks. To make a point, Gollum looks more realistic than these guys.

Also, the ending was not bad (I actually like "sad" endings), but I think I would prefer the ending they originally planned. You can read it here.

Other than that, this is a great movie. If you like the apocalyptic setting, this is a must see, and even if you don't, I dare say that everyone should give this one a try.

8 comentários:

The Gamer's Utopia disse...

Yeah, I have many of the same opinions.

When I was going to check out I am Legend, a lot of my pals dissed it before the movie even started, but were amazing after it was over (so was so).

Also, thats an interesting alternative ending..they should have used it in the movie...kinda felt bad. "Why did you let me down Willy!"

NebachadnezzaR disse...

It's always nice to see someone with the same opinion. :)

I really don't understand the whole idea behind the ending. They usually change the original ending for a more "friendly" one, but in this case it was actually the opposite. Go figure...

Fortunately it will appear in the DVD release.

gnome disse...

Almost tempting... Guess I'll have to watch it though...

NebachadnezzaR disse...

Oh, but you do! :)

FUNNYMAN disse...

It was not bad. There were some holes in the plot such as how the infection spread.

fatherkrishna disse...

Fucking hell! I've commented on this post AT LEAST 5 times! But for some reason the SATANIC WHORE that is blogger doesn't register it!!!

OK In a very edited way:

Me and Mrs.K went to see it last Saturday...

I loved the film!

There was a bunch of stupid fucking kids in the cinema who pissed about through the whole film that almost ruined it...

I complained to the manager...

We got complimentary passes to another film...

God! This whole blogger bitchfest stops me from relaying my thoughts on this movie! I wanted to share my thoughts, but I'm expecting to hit 'enter' and have these thoughts disappear like the last four posts!!!!

NebachadnezzaR disse...

Blogger doesn't seem to like you, Father. Apart from one time when a whole post of mine vanished into thin air, haven't had any problems. Next time try to copy the text (ctrl+c) before hitting enter, if it isn't registered you just need to paste it and try again.

Stupid fucking kids, eh? Happened to me when I saw King Kong. Little fuckers... At least when I saw Beowulf there were only 3 people (adults) beside me in the room.

Please, share your thoughts. Try to do what I said above. :) Also, I just saw 2 new movies this week, maybe I'll post something about them...

Junlee disse...

I damn near cried like a bitch when he had to kill sam! :(

The ending did kind of piss me off, but overall it was pretty good!