Friday, June 22, 2012
I Am Legend
I saw the movie, I Am Legend starring Will Smith, first. I just love Will, and always try to see whatever he has acted in, and this one did not disappoint. I was devastated. This movie was awful. I have seen some terrifying post-apocalytic/apocalyptic/dystopian movies in my day, but this one was the worst. This movie did an amazing job of showing just how the protagonist felt, the one-man show of Robert Neville (Will Smith), coping with isolation, danger, and grief, it was poignant. So I was pretty happy to find the book. But after one chapter I put it down and didn't look at it again for nearly two years. I was psyched out. I couldn't face what I knew would be happening next in the story. It didn't start on a good note, and I knew it would just get worse. Which was too bad, because when I finally was able to face the story again, it was a powerful experience. I've already mentioned that the story begins on a bad note, the tension and suspense is thick right at the beginning (and constantly throughout!) and I was constantly worried about the protagonist (which is ridiculous because I know how the story ends). But it is a worthy read. When I finshed the story it was an "Oh wow" moment. I have not yet figured out how to describe the strong emotions I felt at the end.
I am pleased to say that the movie payed suitable homage to the book, which, to me is a very good thing (keeping in mind my huge disappointment with Twilight the movie).
So it's just a standard practice now. Book first, movie second, because imagination can take me places movies never will.