Photo of Rachelle Mine and SaeedaI felt very Sex-And-the-City like on Christmas afternoon, as I sat sipping and laughing and eating with fellow girlfriends Mine (pronounced Mee-nay) and Saeeda (who you may remember from my Derek video escapades). Over the last few months, we’ve become like The Three Musketeers, racking up hilarious adventures in San Francisco – some of which will be revealed in 2008, and many of which, won’t.

But, that’s another story.

So back to this story.

After stuffing ourselves on Mine’s delicious lamb medallions, rice, and potato-eggplant medley, followed by applesauce spice cupcakes topped with a cream cheese frosting, we joined the entire population of San Francisco at the movie theatre. Saeeda opted for a bit of thought-provoking enlightenment and joined another friend for the opening of The Great Debaters while Mine and I chose pure escapism.

So, off we waddled to see I Am Legend.

And there, I got a huge surprise.

No, not because I rode the wave of road-rage feelings with other movie goers, shushing and cursing (though I did not curse) the rude, rowdy teenagers giggling with their ringing cell phones.

Instead, I was surprised to discover I loved this movie. Because it was scary.

And, by scary, I don’t mean that disturbing, slash-and-dismember-with-as-much-blood-as-possible gore that Hollywood likes to pass off as scary. Instead, it was that sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat scary feeling that I got as a kid when I saw Psycho – and, for you young ‘uns out there, I’m talking about the 1960s version, not the one from 1998.

The fact that the dark dwellers came out at night – which means the hero, Robert Neville, played by Will Smith, and his faithful dog had to be barricaded inside by then – was a perfect opportunity for the movie to devolve into the 1990s remake of Night of the Living Dead – the movie I walked out of – with scene after scene of zombie-like creatures chasing him.

But, it didn’t.

In addition to its scariness, I loved the way the movie caught Neville’s…aloneness. In fact, a large portion of the film captures this. While Neville’s alone, there are humorous moments, touching moments, and nightmarish moments. Though there were predictable moments in the second half of the film, I was willing to overlook them due to Will Smith’s acting and the fact that I was already hooked.

So, if you want to be scared, I heartily recommend this movie.

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Did anyone else see this movie? Am I alone – or is there anyone else out here that liked it?

6 Comments

  • Emma Petersen Posted Dec 27 8:01 pm

    I love Will Smith. And I really enjoyed I Am Legend and you’re right, it was scary. I really don’t like anything you can’t reason with. You know like sharks, zombies, etc…

    Happy Holidays.

    Em

  • Rachelle Chase Posted Dec 28 7:23 am

    Thanks for letting me know I wasn’t alone in liking the movie, Em. 🙂 Remember the part where Will/Neville tries to use reason? Well, since I didn’t like the direction the movie was going, I was hoping it was going to work. But, if it had, it wouldn’t have been believable I guess. A catch-22.

    Oh well…

    BTW – I really like the redesign of your web site!

    Happy Holidays to you, too!

  • Emma Petersen Posted Jan 6 6:02 am

    Yeah, I hoped it would work too but you’re right it wouldnt have been believable. Was it just me or was the one a leader and the female his mate? I got the feeling that it was more than just wanted to kill for the sake of killing after Neville took the female.

    The movie really cemented me as a Will Smith fan. He just gets better with each movie.

    p.s. Thanks. I’m thinking of changing the layout again. I love your website too.

  • Rachelle Chase Posted Jan 8 9:22 am

    You know, Em, I didn’t even think of that! I thought that he was simply enraged because Neville tricked them and had the nerve to take one of them. But his desire to kill will did seem obsessive so maybe there was, indeed, more to it.

    Yes, I truly like Will Smith. Though, I was sold on him in the early days, after watching episodes of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    Thanks regarding the compliment on my site.

    Best,
    Rachelle

  • Emma Petersen Posted Jan 8 7:22 pm

    Maybe it’s the author in me but remember when they were in the basement and he knocked the other zombie guy/girl out of the way to get to where Neville was…

    I write paranormals so of course I would make more of the story. The zombie was really a bad, bad guy. He was a guy who’s mate was taken from him so of course he’d move heaven and hell to get her back. LMAO. *blushes* I know. I know.

    😀

  • Emma Petersen Posted Jan 8 7:23 pm

    hehe that was supposed to be wasn’t. The zombie wasn’t really a bad, bad guy.

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