Jan 9, 2008
The Movie Sidekick
Spoiler alert! Contains plot details of I Am Legend, in case you're planning on seeing it!
Caught the new Will Smith vampire zombie movie I Am Legend today. And I mean vampire zombies. They're flesh-eating monsters repelled by daylight. That straddles both terrifying categories.
The central relationship is between Will Smith and his sole companion, an Alsatian named Sam. It's just lovely, which makes Sam's inevitable death tragic, if not surprising.
It got me thinking about movie sidekicks, and the catalyst role they play for a hero, often through their death. Sometimes it's pretty darn obvious the sidekick is going to die, but the manner of death and their heroic stance in the face of oblivion still brings a tear to the eye.
So I'd like to know, who are some memorable movie sidekicks? Particularly ones you knew were gonna buy it, but you still bit your lip when it happened.
Comment liberally - I'm thinking of turning this into an article.