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comment by Chrispy Feb 14, 2007I'm going with Syd on this one! After reading this thread, I found the book and have started reading it and am really getting into it! Its reminiscent of an early Stephen King/Dean Koontz, and as DK is my favourite author of the gothic horror/Sci-Fi genre, I'd have to say reading something that pre-dates his work by a decades, yet still reads as fresh as any of todays efforts is great in my book (punzzzzz)
The main issue is, I would never have had the opportunity to read this book if it werent for the thread (thanks to the OP) and would probably be reading it, after its re-released (with Will Smith on the front cover) upon the films release, and would be comparing it to the film, and not as the stand-alone piece of literary genious it is. The thread would not exist without the film, and although i'm sure this thread has only changed the lives of about 3/4 people tops, I'm glad its come about so I have had the opportunity to discover the novel and enjoy it.
But after reading what I've read, yes, a film with Will Smith in it will suck (more punzzzzz). I'll wait for DVD to watch it i think (pirate most prob!)
comment by Chief_Anderson Feb 24, 2007Sorry Syd, I haven't been on for a while. I reread my comment about I Am Legend and I think it looks really bitchy - sorry if that's how it came across, it wasn't meant to.
It's certainly good that the interest in the film has meant you found the original. It's funny sometimes what prompts us to get into something or to give something a go.
comment by Quikky Jan 1, 2008Just watched the movie and remembered this article. I've never read the novel so I've no idea how much the film parallels it - I imagine pretty vaguely - but in fairness, it wasn't bad at all. It had a decent atypical Holywood ending, which was unexpected, and Smudger did pretty well throughout, despite the regularly hokey dialogue.
It could certainly have been better - deeper, darker and scarier - but with a movie this expensive, concessions obviously have to be made in order to maximise profits on the largest possible target demographic. If anything, the 15-rating sweet spot was the one thing that held the movie back from being highly likeable.
An American 28 Days Later it wasn't, but to be honest, the quality of sleep I had after that particular film means I'm pretty content that it's not.
comment by Syd Jan 2, 2008http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2007/12/24/i_am_legend_...
This is quite a fair review I think.
I had very low expectation when I saw it.
Turned out not to be so bad.
Nothing like the book of course, but not to bad at all.
comment by rowan Jan 3, 2008I tend to agree with that review too - the ending's rubbish.
comment by Syd Jan 3, 2008Yeah the ending was most disappointing.
comment by Captain Neville - ScouseBuster Jan 3, 2008I didn't think much of it.
comment by Crimson_Blade Jan 4, 2008I thought it was quite good people have been slaggin off the vampires but they must have spent a bomb on making the city look empty I thought it was good.
The ending felt a bit rushed and there wasnt a massive amount of action but I thought Will Smith was good in and it was a good film, not amazing but I dont feel like I wasted my money
comment by DataPunk Jan 7, 2008Agreed there.
I think fans of the Transformers movie ( voted one of the best film of 2007 in one of the numerous London free paper !!!) will like this. Sure the first 30 minutes are tense, and the shots of apocalyptic NY are great but this has been done before. I thought the film did not give viewers anything new or added anything different to the genre. But then, that was probably expecting a little too much of a movie starring Will-Fesh-Garenteed Audience With Your Target Market-Prince of Bel-Air. Did anyone found that peuso-moral-philosophical bable on Bob Marley going to this gig after being shot and "standing up for his right" a little weird and obessive ?! Makes me want to eat flesh...
comment by Claudefather Jan 14, 2008Oh You mean "I Am Fail - starring Will Smith?"
only joking (a bit)
I thought it was gonna be good but i ended up not thinking much of it....yes it's ok but nothing special
comment by tunchie Jan 14, 2008well not to worry as apparently he's concentrating on his music next year
comment by Crimson_Blade Jan 16, 2008He's in a film called Hancock about an alcoholic superhero, ive seen the trailer it looks hilarious
comment by sirbobwallett Jan 28, 2008I finally saw this movie and must say it was quite good, until the ___SPOILERS___
other 2 people appeared. I thought they were going to be the sabatours similar to what the book had (a lady sent to get close to Neville)
comment by Dan aka o Sabotage o Feb 25, 2008This thread also inspired me to read the book. After the film I was very curious to read the origianl ending.
All in all I think they did a pretty good job in translating it to the big screen. A straight transition from book to film wouldnt of really worked in my view.
Having the dog from the very start in the film was a better idea (giving him a companion) and the idea with the manaquins shows how you would try to live with solidarity and try to (maybe) stay sane. Also prefered the film with the zombies been infection as a result of a vaccine for cancer (if I remember correctly). Rather than the typical garlic, mirrors, crosses etc etc.
at the end of the day, the only thing that was slightly dissapointing was the ending. But really all in all a very good interpretation of a classic book.
comment by Quikky Mar 10, 2008For those who didn't like the movie's ending, how about this alternate version:
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