A few months ago I mentioned I Am Legend in the Theolo-vision(tm) post because the ending gave it a messianic slant. Though I haven’t read the book I’ve talked to enough people that have to know that the messanic angle wasn’t part of it. The particular genius of the book (or so I’ve gleaned) is that the character played by Will Smith in the film is finally revealed to be not the hero, but the monster, the outcast thing in the world that everyone fears and despises. His legend wasn’t of the sort that a hero like Beowulf inhabits, rather it was that of Dracula, or Frankenstein, or Bigfoot. The point being that legend is a matter of perspective.
With the DVD release, the original ending to the film has surfaced and I rather like it. It definitely changes my entire read of the film and seems to stay much closer to the theme of the book, although I don’t care so much for the small epilogue at the very end.
A spoiler warning is in effect for anyone that hasn’t seen the film as well as a warning that it contains what some might consider disturbing images of the zombie-like creatures.
(Anyone else think they went a little overboard on the ‘big mouth’ thing?)