While fully enjoying the holiday season and the time-off it usually affords me, I was able to take in two of the seasons biggest films in one day - a true rarity for me: ATONEMENT and I AM LEGEND. This particular post is obviously focused on WILL SMITH'S latest venture, but more on ATONEMENT later on.
My experience of I AM LEGEND can be summed up thusly. It was better than I expected, but not as good as I had hoped. It's a good story and well acted by Smith. Considering that he is 99% of the film, in terms of acting, I have to say he did a marvelous job. The CG left a bit to be desired...as usual, but I was able to suspend disbelief long enough enjoy the ride.
Now when it comes to JAMES NEWTON HOWARD's score...well...there ain't much there. The suspense and tension seemed to be maximized by silence rather than by employing some dissonant creepy crawly cues. I spent a lot of energy trying to anticipate the next surprise-shock-moment. With no musical clues...I failed every time. When I was actually conscious of Howard's score it was usually in the softer, tender moments. The music did the job, but wasn't hugely remarkable. Perhaps it will be more dynamic on the soundtrack release.
For now I say...check out the film for the film's sake. Don't look for much in terms of another great score from James Newton Howard...there just isn't very much of any.