I don’t usually pay too much attention to critical reviews of movies that I’m anxious to see beforehand, but when word from the critics are so uniformly negative to it, you can’t help but hear it. And the word about “I am Legend” is that, unfortunately, it’s not very legendary whatsoever.
We’ll start with Comingsoon.net, who says:
It’s hard to imagine anyone could screw up such an easy home run like updating Richard Matheson’s influential classic, but this slow Will Smith vehicle merely bunts… and then trips on its way to first base.
Ouch. Right off the bat it’s bad.
Variety chimes in:
Remarkably eerie yet annoyingly larded with cheap horror-film shock effects, “I Am Legend” stands as an effective but also irksome adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic 1954 sci-fi novel.
Also not so good.
The Hollywood Reporter talks more about the third act, and gives a dose of the movie’s more upbeat ending:
The third act either ups the ante of action and suspense or falls apart, depending on one’s taste in science fiction. A young woman and child (Brazilian actress Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan) suddenly appear out of nowhere. A Judeo-Christian theme gets introduced, the creatures lay siege to the townhouse, and Robert discovers the antidote for the plague. All of which leads to an upbeat ending few are going to swallow.
Not exactly great stuff from the critics. Maybe they’re wrong? They all fell over themselves loving Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later” retread, so what do they know about horror?
Yeah, that’s the ticket…