December 25th, 2007

Reborn - Yamamoto CHIBITA

(I am Legend this Christmas!)

Immensely busy Christmas season: it always seems as if minutes after I settle down, even so much as to comment properly, I have to leave the house. *laughs* Had immensely fun Christmas lunch with family and family friends visiting from Australia and Indonesia. Lunch was great fun due to the presence of:

(a) the family, of course ♥
(b) the fact that an old family friend was a lawyer (who is, incidentally, now a farmer) in the service for thirteen years, and then in private practice for ten. I went, "♥___♥ Tell me about your time in the service", and it was amazing to hear how different things were two generations ago. He laughingly called himself an old warhorse, but he's seen so much that I do think he can call himself anything he likes :)
(c) the fact that one of his daughters is an anime fan ♥ which discovery caused the both of us to emit hearts at each other, and both of our siblings (who have to put up with anime fans in their houses) to roll their eyes at us and then commiserate loudly with each other over our excited XDXDXDXD-ing
(d) the fact that the anime fan's mommy is also an Orlando Bloom fan. ♥

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We must be one of the very few families in the world who think it is TOTALLY APPROPRIATE to celebrate Christmas by watching a zombie movie. Alongside the family visits and Christmas lunches and dinners and presents and all that good stuff, really. ;) We had been wanting to watch this for quite a while, except Dad was, "Is it really appropriate to watch this kind of show on Christmas?"

I Am Legend review in one word (or sound effect, rather): AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH - Okay, done now. Also, very pleased at the Emma Thompson (I adore her dearly) cameo! ♥ She plays a researcher who discovers the cure for cancer, only to discover that the cure backfires spectacularly when it turns into the zombie infestation (it's the premise of the movie). Nice explanation which was absent in the book. There was also the introduction of the Moral Concept, which in this one is Lighting Up the Darkness (which I am terribly sorry to say I translated instantly into Japanese and then could not stop thinking about YGO whenever this line got mentioned) - fairly appropriate concept in a movie where zombies are called darkseekers and fear the light.

In brief summation, I think the movie is a vast improvement on the book, but everything else I have to say is: HUGE SPOILERS for both book and movie FROM THE WORD GO
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