Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter & Brave ...Summer Movie Madness!

Okay, minions. I saw two highly anticipated movies over the weekend and today.  Let the summer movie madness begin.
First off, let's review Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, shall we?  Based on Seth Grahame-Smith best-selling novel, produced by Tim Burton, and directed by Timur Bekmambetov, this film had some serious Hollywood muscle behind it.  Did it deliver?  Mixed reviews have been pouring in.  Critics hate it.  Book lovers hate it.  Movie-goers say go see it. And what's my verdict…I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Here's why: Although most of the bad reviews state the movie butchered the book, I can’t confirm this. Unfortunately, I didn't read the novel and therefore, had no preconceived notions or expectations—good or bad. That said, I will probably in the near future get my hands on a copy to devour it, but that's me. The vampires in the movie were evil, immortal and had nothing to do with teenage angst, love or lust which I found refreshing. Thank God. On top of that the vampires were slavery supporters. Lincoln was obviously the opposite. To me Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was a semi-horror, action thriller which took an historical icon and story and put a phantasmal spin on it.  I was entertained to the max and now want badly to get my hands on a silver-plated ax. Additionally, critics were complaining that the visual effects were overdone. I didn't think so, but that's me. Neither did my husband, but he's a VFX guy so his opinion could be skewed.


Coincidentally, I also saw Brave over the weekend, which I thought was positively wonderful. My husband and I took our kids to see the latest in Disney/Pixar animation.  I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't have the Disney "princess" spin on it.  It was all about family and following your heart. Great story, possibly a tad scary for my 5 & 7 year old, but still very well done.


As far as blockbusters or summer movie madness goes, those were to two movies I wanted to see during the summer. Thankfully, I enjoyed them both.  

What about you?  Did you see Brave? What about   Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? Any other movies you want to see this summer?


Mina B.

13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I might catch Brave this weekend. I did read Abraham Lincoln and can tell you there is no train sequence at the end. I will watch it eventually though.

Elise Fallson said...

I've been wanting to see Abraham Lincoln VH and now I can't wait! And thanks for the heads up for Brave. I think I'll wait before taking my 3 year old. (:

Tonja said...

The premise of Lincoln with vampires seems too over the top for me. I was going to take my 3 year old to see Brave, maybe not. I did see Madagascar 3. I thought it was funny, and my little guy loved it.

Cecilia M. said...

Thanks for the review! I've been waiting to see the review on this Abrham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Sounds deliciously blood. :D will def. go see when it gets here.


Oh Brave (In Asutria they call it Merida :D) It will be in theatres from the 2nd August. My daughter CANNOT wait to see it! She's hyper-excited. Me too! :)And she wants red hair as well. haaha

Cecilia M. said...

Oh you are right. I think when one watches a movie before reading the book, the expectation is different. Haven't read book yet. Probably will watch the movie first as well.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Ha, ha, ha ... okay, so the vampires drink blood and are undead and stuff -- but pro-slavery on top of that? What villains!

I haven't seen either yet, and might end up waiting for Netflix.

C.M.Brown said...

I have been looking forward to seeing AB, Vampire Hunter but with all the bad reviews, I was beginning to be a little disappointed, but now that I have read yours, I am sure I would enjoy it too! Thanks Mina.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I saw Brave this weekend too. I thought it was amazing. It was kind of refreshing not to have the princess wind up with some handsome prince for once. Not that those aren't great stories - they're classics and the very essence of my childhood. But this was different, and really wonderful.

I haven't read Abraham Lincoln yet (I wasn't terribly enthusiastic about it), but I am dying to see the movie. I'm supposed to go this weekend, and hopefully I'll love it since I'm neither a critic nor - for the first time in my life - have I read the book before seeing the movie. Glad to hear you give it a good recommendation.

Susan Roebuck said...

I'm glad you liked the Lincoln movie - now I'll definitely go and watch it. Who cares about bad reviews - what do they know? LOL. If you say it's good, then it is. I also like Tim Burton.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Hey, heads up, I awarded you with a new blog award.

Allison said...

I just can't get into vampires. I would like to see Brave at some point, though!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Mina Lobo said...

I saw ALVK and LOVED IT (dude swingin' that axe was HAWT)! I'd been meaning to read the book but didn't get around to it, then deliberately put off reading it till I saw the movie. (When films don't follow the books I get all tetchy, so I adopted the movie first/then book model, for the most part.)
Some Dark Romantic

Geeky Daddy said...

I want to see ALVH, but it is DOUBTFUL that it will be in the theatre. I cannot remember the last movie that my wife and I saw at the big screen. I am reading the book right now and am enjoying it at the moment.