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Friday, December 28, 2007

I Am Legend For The Wrong Reasons

At what point do you cross the line from "modern interpretation" into "completely new story?"

I saw the Will Smith film "I Am Legend" last night, and I'm not sure how the acting, cinematography, etc., were because I kept focusing on just how much the plot, and more importantly, the resolution, stray from their source material. Without spoiling the movie for everyone, the differences between Richard Matheson's 1954 novel and the movie are strong enough that the title means something completely different in the book than it does in the movie, and this difference is sort of the whole point.

While both are to some extent zombie stories the zombies of the book are sentient beings, while the movie zombies are mindless rampaging monsters. The movie feels like an expensive knock-off of the updated "Dawn of the Dead." The book version of "I Am Legend" has much more in common with something like "Planet of the Apes" than it has with your classic zombie movie.

If you don't mind spoilers, the Wikipedia entries (book, movie) will make everything clear.

Don't even get me started on The Omega Man.

2 Comments:

  • This is at least the second time Will Smith has lent his talents to fucking up a great book. I Am Robot did the same thing big time.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 2:55 PM  

  • I am Robot and I am Legend are typical Hollywood superficial but they come from deep philosophical suggestions. If you believe 1984 was just an amazingly insightful coincidence and not "the plan" then you surely won't put any deep thought into the date of the plague 9/9/9, the method of population reduction, the weight of 2012, let alone the suggestion that the zombies of the dark are the stupid masses, whereas the survivors are the enlightened ones or the illuminated ones. Dig deeper; the enlightened think it's a gas when the zombies can't see the plan even when it's right in front of them on wide-screen and Dolbe surround sound.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:08 PM  

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