I Am Legend

Apparently, this movie is based on a book written in 1954 by Richard Matheson. I didn’t know that when I saw the movie, which obviously means I haven’t read the book. Actually, that’s not entirely true because I can now remember reading somewhere that a book existed, but it didn’t register.

Anyway, upon watching the movie I felt a lot of things were missing because it simply didn’t make sense. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, but there were huge holes in the plot. Things happened in the movie that didn’t ring true, that were unbelievable and simply unrealistic. Those things bothered me a lot.

Today, I read a post on a message board which compared the movie and the book and I have to say the writer of that post – Alan Baxter – intrigued me. I want to read the book. I don’t mean the version that is in line with the movie, I’m talking about the original book written over fifty years ago. I believe I’ll enjoy it a lot.

It seems to me that those people who haven’t read the book might enjoy the movie, even with the holes. However, for those who have read the book, they might be a tad disappointed with the differences between the two.

Have you read the book and/or seen the movie? What did you think?

Ice Age

Last night I watched Ice Age for the first time. I love animated movies and they are the only type of DVDs I will buy. (However, G buys all the action packed ones, so I don’t miss out.)

Briefly, Ice Age is about three mismatched creatures coming together, for their own reasons, to help a human child return to his tribe. Before the adventure is over, the group not only face boiling lava pits, and treacherous ice tunnels, but they discover emotions.

It’s a great story. I enjoyed it immensely. Now I can put it aside for when the (step) grandchildren grow up a little and will appreciate watching it. (Yes, that was my real reason for buying it – honest!) 😀

HP and the Goblet of Fire (Movie)

We finally saw the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire yesterday. I was scared that it would be taken away before I got to see it and these movies should be seen on the big screen, to be appreciated.

There were a lot of scenes cut out, and several long scenes in the book were cut right back (and believe me, this isn’t always a bad thing), but I felt the movie was great. It had everything needed to make sense and the graphics were superb. There’s no way they could have done justice to this movie twenty years ago. Everything felt and looked so real, that I can almost believe in dragons!

All Harry Potter fans will love the movie, and non-lovers of these books will have to admit that they’ve done a good job. It’s a must see for sure. I just hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one.

Memoirs of a Geisha (Movie)

This was not a movie that I would have paid to see, because watching the DVD would have been good enough for me. However, I won three tickets so we invited my parents to join us (they only had to buy one ticket) and we saw Memoirs of a Geisha at the movies.

I’m glad we did.

This movie was really good. It was much better than I thought it would be. The story grabbed me from the start and took me through to the end (just like any story should). The acting was superb, the setting authentic (in my opinion) and the plot enthralling.

It’s definitely a girl’s movie, but the men had no complaints and they both enjoyed it too. There were a few parts that left a lump in my throat, and the ending brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t sob, but I couldn’t stop the tears welling.

I believe I’ll pick up on more things during a second sitting, so I will watch it again when it comes out on DVD. If you are not sure if you want to see this movie or not…see it. You won’t be disappointed.

War of the Worlds (Movie)

A week ago we went to see War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise.

This movie has attracted some criticism, yet we thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me focused and involved, and at no time did I wonder about the time (which is usually an indication that I’m getting bored).

Some things were different from the original, but I didn’t feel that took anything away from the movie. The screaming of the daughter, Rachel, was tedious after a while and I also felt the ending was too quick but neither of these things spoilt the effect or the entertainment value.

Recommended as a must see. 😀

Robot

I saw this movie the other night and, unfortunately, I was disappointed with it. Usually I love these types of movie. They are fun to watch but there was something lacking from this one.

I admit that the play on words was amusing but I felt the plot was weak. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood to watch it, I don’t know, but it’s not a movie I’d be eager to see again and I certainly couldn’t recommend it.