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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Movie Review: I Am Legend

A Hollywood Flick.

Starring Mega-Hollywood star, Will Smith.

These two things are not really my cup of tea when contemplating a movie to GO OUT to. DVD or pay-per-view, sure, but to spend my quality time, on a date, without my kids, and picking out any flick to watch at a theatre? This 'genre' would not be my first choice.

But it was this past week when Tim and I had the opportunity to go out and have some one-on-one time. And let me say, it was well worth my time and money.

I had seen a preview of it shortly after Thanksgiving. Well, it was on the DVR, so I can't exactly say when I saw it BUT I had not heard of it. And the preview was kickin'.

Then I read a review...may be in the N&O? I can't recall where, but I read how it was a cross between Castaway and 28 Days.

I generally don't like to read reviews before I see a movie I want to see but I am assuming that at some point, I wasn't going to be able to see this movie. As Tim and I have discussed already, our dates rarely seem geared towards movies, which I would like to do more of (seeing movies, that is).

So apparently I read the review and became a little turned off. I don't like Castaway and to compare this (I Am Legend) was disappointing. *But* to add 28 Days to the mix, which is a movie I really like, *and* the idea of seeing zombies during the Christmas season -- come on! Why would anyone turn that down?

The movie was very good. It was thrilling and scary enough for me to cover my eyes -- it's not really covering as I leave my fingers wide open for me to see through them. I don't know why and have no explanation BUT this helps me feel 'safer'.

And there was several moments where my adrenaline kicked in and I sighed with resistance to seeing what may happen next.

And unlike what Tim said to our girls, I did NOT scream like a girl.

But I think I screamed once. And it probably did not come out loud enough since I was struck with fear.

The story line, for me, was decent for a hollywood movie. The zombies were scary and the explanation of how they were who they were was good enough to be believable to get by in the movie.

Will Smith was quite good in this movie...and he looked pretty darn good too. I could see that gray creeping up on his shaved head and face stubble...that boy is getting old like me.

The one thing I found a bit annoying was the blatant Ford advertising. The movie begins with him in a Ford GTO and then throughout, it's a Ford Escape. I really hate that they do this in Hollywood...it's so freaking obvious that it's just lame and cheesy and cheap-looking.

But other than that, I was very pleased with the entire movie...despite the reviews panning it.

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