I 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?