I watched I Am Legend a few nights ago, and I did so with some trepidation. I’d heard a lot of negative things about it. Well, not really negative things–more along the lines of “it was good, but . . .” sort of things. You know what? It’s much better than that. I’d give it a good three stars, actually. Part of this might be because I had no exposure to the original source material (Matheson’s novel) or the prior adaptations. The concept of the film–that Will Smith is the last man in a New York City that is rapidly being taken over by nature–is really cool, and the way it was executed in the film is worth the price of admission alone. What happens after that . . . it’s still thought provoking, even if it’s not quite as good as the beginning. I’d have to say this was a case where there was a film with a good ending and a fantastic beginning. Because the beginning set the audience’s expectations so high, the ending seemed much worse in comparison. Always better to start weak and finish strong, in my book.
So if you haven’t already seen the flick, check it out. It’s worth a gander.
Especially on Blu-ray.