I Am Legend
September 26, 2008
And not just in my own lunchtime either.
The movie sucked.
OK, that’s a little harsh. The movie has shades of greatness about it and I like how Wil Smith plays the Last Man On Earth (see also Bruno Lawrence) but the ending, boy, the ending sucked.
It sucked out loud.
Our hero, who isn’t much of a hero (and that’s the way I like them) blows himself up to save the girl and the boy and to destroy his Arch Foe the guy with the stretchy face.
Girl and boy drive off into the sunset taking his fix-um syrup with them to presumably some kind of post 28 Days Later life of happiness.
This was wrong on so many levels but mostly because it didn’t let us see that the bad guy had become more than just a villain but was in fact capable of love and a great deal of humanity.
You see, the novel is all about the last human in a world of vampires. By the end of the novel, he has himself become the monster while the vampires build a new society around him. He is legend, because he’s the creature that haunts their dreams, that takes their young, that drinks their blood (well, performs medical experiments on them) and so on.
The book ends with the hero realising what he has become and killing himself.
The movie version (Will Smith’s version, which is the third) ends in a suicide but without the realisation and that really ruined it for me.
However, as the littlest Jedi once said, “There is another”.
Another ending. One I missed because I watched the DVD and not the extras.
Here it is. I can’t figure out how to embed it so you’ll have to click through and follow.
Sadly, it seems they’re going to make a prequel and given that I Am Legend is mostly flashbacks, that seems a tad pointless and money grubbing to me. But hey, what do I know?