"Not another one surely?", I hear you cry. Well sorry, yes, another 'I Am Legend' opinion piece. I'm sure you have read or heard thousands, but I don't think I want to say that it was brilliant or terrible. I feel quite indifferent in all honesty, and wish to spread some light upon why.
Firstly, Will Smith. If you're a fan (which you really should be!), you have to see it. It's pure Will Smith indulgence. As a woman, I both swoon and think "hmmm good actor"! He does not disappoint in his ability to bring life to what could become a tedious character. In fact it is easy to become comfortable with his character Robert Nevillle, and not become bored by him.
As for the plot, it does offer a decent twist to the usual sci-fi 'town is empty and run by mutants' storyline. The story is run right from the starting credits. There's no hanging around waiting to see why this is all happening, which is a plus to any big movie. Some may feel it's been done before, but to be honest I'm not a big movie buff, so I am not one to comment on such speculation!
There are a few highlights of the film, but maybe the bits that stand out (well to me anyway), are not what should for this type of movie. I am not one for jumpy scary bits, so those bits are blanked out for me (either that or I was closing my eyes so as not to see them!). It is interesting however to see the gradual madness creeping in to Robert's character. That partnered with the loyal relationship with the dog, and the random input of wild animals into the deserted City, make the film bearable, and in some parts memorable.
Nevertheless, I would still rate this movie as one that I would not buy on DVD, not would watch again. I've seen it, so what? It left no lasting impact, taught me nothing, and was lacking in the "wow look at that" department. Overall, not bad, see it if you can, but don't expect to be blown away.
My name is Lucy, and I'm currently studying journalism at Chester University. There are many things in life I enjoy, such as spending quality time with loved ones, writing and reading poetry, laughing at pointless stuff etc... One of my current pleasures is photography, both doing and looking! This may all sound rather active, but in truth, I like nothing more than to kick off my shoes, and curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea!View all articles by Lucy Woolford