JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2007/12/movie-review-i-am-legend.html (11 comments)

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jsid-1198534580-585415  alan at Mon, 24 Dec 2007 22:16:20 +0000

Will Smith has stunned the world by declaring that even Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was essentially a "good" person.

jsid-1198535718-585417  Kevin Baker at Mon, 24 Dec 2007 22:35:18 +0000

Err, no.

"Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today'.

"I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good'. Stuff like that just needs reprogramming."

Heinlein said much the same:

Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate - and quickly.

Will was right. Hitler needed reprogramming. It eventually came in the form of a self-inflicted 9mm Kurz round to the noggin, but a lot could have been saved, possibly, had that assassination by bomb attempt a bit earlier been successful.

Or if someone had strangled him at birth.

jsid-1198685760-585443  ben at Wed, 26 Dec 2007 16:16:00 +0000

I'm with Kevin on this one. Attacking Will for that is dumb.

jsid-1198709901-585462  Markadelphia at Wed, 26 Dec 2007 22:58:21 +0000

I thought the first two thirds of the film was great and then it became very Hollywood. The book, or actually novella, is quite good and very different (written in 1958) than the film.

It is a story of lonliness...of being alone and having nothing but yourself. I really felt that both film and book really tapped into that well and combined it with the fear of an enemy making for a stark and gripping story.

jsid-1198709934-585463  Markadelphia at Wed, 26 Dec 2007 22:58:54 +0000

Why is there a smiley there? It should be 1958.

jsid-1198712270-585465  Kevin Baker at Wed, 26 Dec 2007 23:37:50 +0000

Haloscan-fu. 8 ) (without the space) translates as 8)

jsid-1198995627-585570  ben at Sun, 30 Dec 2007 06:20:27 +0000

I'm with Markadelphia, I liked the movie, and I think it increases Smith's pedigree as an actor. The ending wasn't fully satisfying though.

jsid-1199118045-585599  al at Mon, 31 Dec 2007 16:20:45 +0000

My son and I enjoyed the movie. The ending was a bit less than I was expecting but otherwise it was a good movie. Rumor has it that there was a different, much darker, ending but it didn't test well. I guess we'll see when the directors cut comes out.

jsid-1199141936-585635  Sarah at Mon, 31 Dec 2007 22:58:56 +0000

I'm with Ben, who's with everyone else. Saw it, liked it, wasn't terribly affected by it except for one or two scenes. And one point kept bugging me...

*** spoiler warning ***

... which was how did that woman and her son get on and off the island of Manhattan? I thought it was supposed to be pretty well cut off.

jsid-1199143581-585637  Kevin Baker at Mon, 31 Dec 2007 23:26:21 +0000

I thought that was pretty obvious. By boat. I'm surprised that Mercury Marine didn't make a commercial appearance in the film.

jsid-1199219317-585662  Sarah at Tue, 01 Jan 2008 20:28:37 +0000

For some reason or other it wasn't obvious to me. Oh, well.

Anyway, the movie doesn't appear to be sinking all that quickly.

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