Thursday, January 3, 2008

"I Am Legend"

I previously posted that I just didn't like "I Am Legend" very much. When I told my brother (who had loved it), we got into a long discussion about the movie and it's attributes. He finally laughed and said, "Um, I think you liked the movie, and you don't realize it!" I think he's right.

I took The Princess to see it last week, and I enjoyed it much more the second time. Surprisingly, I didn't see anything new the second time, though The Princess caught one thing that I didn't see the first or second time! And, in comparing notes with my brother again, he didn't catch it either. Now, I'll have to rent it when it comes out, and look for that one thing!

The movie is extremely nerve-wracking. One such scene lasts almost five minutes (I timed it the second time around). There is no music at all during that time, no suspenseful violins - nothing except the natural sounds from him and around him. I'm telling you, I almost felt like leaving the theater the first time, it was that gut-wrenching. I had both feet pulled up onto the seat, and I was hugging my legs. The Gearhead said I screamed twice; I only remember screaming once.

I would NEVER take the Prince to see such a film. He is very sensitive, and would have nightmares, I'm sure. It's not a horror flick, per se, but the images are disturbing at times, and the whole subject matter is very deep. I've thought about this movie for days afterwards, and it keeps coming to mind. Food for thought, for sure.

I will say this: Will Smith is an amazing actor. He is on the screen 99.9% of the movie, and his range of emotion is just out of this world.

So, I just had to amend what I said before. It's a great movie, if you're into suspense. And I am...I just didn't realize it at first. :-)


Sniz said...

When my husband I saw the preview, we both said "Zombie movie" simultaneously to each other. I have never seen a horror movie in my life and I was shocked Will Smith would be in one. I just don't like them. But after reading your review and thinking about how much I like Will Smith as an actor, I find myself really interested in it. I loved Shawshank Redemption and that was by Steven King, so you never know!

ClaireBoe said...

Sniz, I know what you mean. I don't "do" horror flicks anymore.

And...they're not zombies, per se. :-)

Scarlett Wanna Be said...

I had a friend who called me after watching this, she said she did leave. I want to see it because I also love Will Smith, but I am afraid the dog thing would kill me.

ClaireBoe said...

Um, darlin', the dog thing will kill you. :-(

Gombojav Tribe said...

I don't watch movies to have food for thought. Watching movies is a fast from thought-food. Or maybe the mental equivalent of tea and scones, but never the mental equivalent of the health-food store.

I like predictible, warm-fuzzy, everything-turns-out-OK-in-the-end, chick flicks!

ClaireBoe said...

Yeah, Daja, don't see this movie. :-)

eally said...

I must admit, Will Smith IS an amazing actor to carry this WHOLE entire movie...much like Tom Hanks in "Castaway" but...I HATED this movie! LOL My friend cried with the whole dog scene. I don't like horror movies and this was a horror movie to me...even if it was rated PG-13!