It's been a whole week since I saw the movie version of I am legend, our most recent Page Turners book. So I had better mention it before I forget!
Since we'd done the book so recently, about half our reading group decided to go together to see this movie. Naturally, we were interested to see a film interpretation, although from the trailers I don't believe any of us expected the movie would be "true".
A good thing too. I could probably count on one hand how many aspects of the movie directly reflected the book:
1. the hero's name was Robert Neville
2. he was the only human who lived by day in his town - all the others were sick with a disease and only came out at night
3. every night he made sure to be barricaded inside his home before sundown
4. there was a dog . . . which died
5. there was a woman
Seriously, if I was the author (Richard Matheson) I would feel insulted by the liberal interpretation of his work. Even the main themes -- and even the point -- of the novel were done away with.
Having said all that, if you watched the movie without the book in your head -- which for us was difficult -- it probably wasn't too bad. We did pick at some of the visual effects and plot holes, though. Actually, it probably was bad. Not a good movie.
However, I did cry when the dog died . . . as I did in the book . . . although the circumstances were completely different.