I Am Legend
I have watched two separate movies based on this book. Both movies are a travesty! :awww: …
Last night, after reading this comment over on Mik's WordPress blog, it occurred to me that I had yet to read the book. It just hadn't dawned on me that there had been a book to begin with! 😮
So, I found an epub copy and downloaded it. No sooner had I downloaded it and the lights went out! 🙄
Fortunately, my laptop was fully charged, so I began reading! :yes: .
The story revolves around a man who, by some weird twist of fate, is immune to a plague that has ravished the rest of the human population. Out of a desperate bit to survive, though seemingly lacking the will to, he spends his days destroying both the 'undead' and still living, but infected!
At first, this does seem like a classic 'zombie apocalypse' story. (although the 'undead' are said to be vampires rather than 'zombies')
At the end of the book, in the last lines, the story resolves and reveals the deeper meaning in the title. A true classic of genius level! :hat: .
Yes, 10/10 for this book! :yes:
I really can't elaborate further on the book without ruining it, but please, do read it to the end! :hat:
title: I Am Legend
Author: Richard Matheson
Now, about those movies! 😡
I watched the movie I Am Legend, which stars Will Smith, quite a while back. The movie could have done with some re-editing. The last scene should have been shown at the start of the movie, and some of the 'dramatic' scenes and the 'comic relief' scene (quote: "I was saving that bacon") should have been left on the editing floor! 🙄 .
I would probably have given that movie a 6/10 back then. However, having read the book, I would say it's not even worth 1/10 :irked: The movie completely ignores the basic premise of the book and the whole point of the title! 🙄 .
At a later point, I watched the 1964 movie, The Last Man On Earth
While this movie does not keep the title of the book, that is in keeping with the fact that it also does not include what would have been the title scene. 🙄 .
Despite this, it follows the story quite faithfully, although deviating here and there and leaving out a few crucial elements. :irked: .
It must get a 3/10 for effort though. 🙄 It's both better than the Will Smith version, for actually trying to follow the story, and worse for it's rather sloppy attempt to create visuals to match the book. (but that was the Sixties, movies weren't meant to be realistic back then! :p )
However, by biggest criticism of both movies is that the great epiphany that that the main character has in the book, which provides the book's title, is completely ignored by both movies! :eyes: .
The true genius of the author's masterpiece is that final realisation, without which, this would just be another cheap 'zombies take over the world' story. :awww: .
Perhaps some movie maker will still make a movie about this book, but it hasn't happened yet! 🙄 .