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.