This is by no means a complete list, but here are a few recent movies that I’m kind of embarrassed to like as much as I do:
Let’s leave that list alone for now. (Esp. Elizabethtown. I know. I KNOW.) Anyway, my point: I, Robot really wasn’t all that bad. In fact, it was kind of awesome. Sure, it was goofy, and slick, and—for you sci-fi nerds out there—a semi-blasphemous take on Isaac Asimov’s fantastic collection of short stories, but at the end of the day, it was a decent action flick with some pretty solid ideas behind it. (Plus: The Fresh Prince! Fighting robots!)
Which brings us to the trailer for the latest adaptation of a classic genre book, once again starring Mr. Parents Just Don’t Understand. This one’s a take on Richard Matheson’s 1954 horror novel I Am Legend. Much like the Fresh Prince-ified take on I, Robot, Legend looks like it’ll diverge a whole lot from the original text… and yet? I think it looks badass. Maybe it’s because the book’s already been loosely adapted before and it worked out just fine (with 1971’s fun The Omega Man, starring Chuck Heston), or maybe it’s because I’ve never read the book, so I don’t have anything to get all pissy about—but if you ask me, this is a pretty sweet trailer. The Fresh Prince’s trademark sassy wise-crackin’ seems to be kept to a minimum, there are a few really striking conceptual shots (the busted bridges around NYC are a nice touch, better yet are the deer running through the city’s abandoned cars), there even seems to be a little Omega Man tribute in there, and all in all, it seems like a pretty alright addition to the whole “last man alive” genre. Guess we’ll have to wait until December to see if it’s going to be genuinely good, though, or if it’ll suck, or if—oh, what a backhanded compliment—it joins I, Robot on my list of movies that I’m kind of embarrassed to like as much as I do.
On a related note, I miss Jazzy.
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