This time, I thought I’d spend time with my husband. πŸ˜‰ I don’t like going to movies unless it’s with something because unless I REALLY want to see it … I find the moviegoing experience a little worthless. Even if it only costs $5 a ticket. A new AMC just opened up yesterday a mile from where I live, very nice, 12 theater one in Highland Village. There are possible spoilers as you keep reading.

It’s a Will Smith movie through and through and no, I have not read the book, nor do I really have any intention to. I already need to watch at least six actual holiday movies to undo what I Am Legend did. And it’s not that it’s a bad movie or anything, actually, it’s pretty good. (I had gone online and read the ending for the book and the synopsis of the movie, simply because I do that with movies I’m iffy on paying a ticket price for. I wouldn’t go see The Mist because of its ending πŸ˜€ Most of the time, I DO avoid spoilers of all kinds.) I am also NOT fond of zombie movies. Actually, I HATE zombie movies. And I hate infectious disease movies. πŸ˜€

First of all, we were treated to numerous trailers, one of which was Jumper (Whoohoo!) and another was The Dark Knight (Big Whoohoo!). Heath Ledger will be the most awesome Joker. He just sounds so unlike himself and … sinister in the most evil kind of way.

Then, we get to the movie and see day to day life. It’s well acted and well done and despite other comments I’ve seen, it’s easy to identify with Will Smith’s character even if you aren’t a scientist. The history behind the events is played out in flashbacks (Vertigo has put out a prequel to it, which I read samples of and it looked interesting.. but creepy.) The filming itself is wonderful. The empty city is believable. What isn’t believable… uhm… there are animals all over the place. πŸ˜€ Exactly how do said animals flee from creatures that are so aggressive they attack anything that moves or might be food? Now, maybe there is only one ‘hive’ as Will Smith’s character called them, in the city and the animals just have to outrun the slowest. πŸ˜‰ I guess I can buy that.

You get to see quite a bit of the insanity that comes without any socializing and then… he makes his first mistake by capturing one of the ‘vampires’. I forget the term they used. But he traps one alive to test a cure and obviously ticks off the leader of the vampires in the process. Later on, said leader retalliates. πŸ˜€ (I understand in the books that he would hunt them and kill them and they were much more intelligent.) They do appear intelligent, just with a hive mind to follow the leader and mindlessly throw themselves into deadly situations.

And.. the cure fails. πŸ˜€

I get treated to a bunch of heart rending sad flashbacks and the death of his dog, which is really, really upsetting. Then, a rather cool murderous rampage by Will Smith πŸ˜€ Which is one of those on your seat moments. I will leave it there to avoid any real big spoilers, because I really was caught off guard by what happened next. It suddenly turned into one of my favorite themes, and I say that in a good way, that things happen for a reason.

I liked the ending, although it didn’t seem to quite ‘flow’ well from the prior scenes. I think I could’ve done without the flashbacks and just had them show the details about the illness and let what happened to his family be completely open ended.

Overall, it’s a great Four of July Weekend movie! (NOT A MOVIE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR!!! *GROAN* Of course, I knew that going in.)

My husband complained about the teasing and HUGE Batman/Superman movie logo for a 2010 premier. πŸ˜€ There were also Green Lantern and Teen Titan movie posters.