Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
What fascinates me about history is not “what was” but “what could have been”. What we see in textbooks are the facts that are given to us and we are bound to accept this. Of course we accept it, because these books are written by accredited historians who are dedicated that we learn the truth. I took many history classes in school and marveled at the battles that Napoleon help conquer, and engage in the speeches that General Patton told his troops before going to war. Unless we are with these people twenty-four seven, we will never know everything they saw.
In this movie, we see a part of Abraham Lincoln that nobody had anticipated; his secret life as a vampire slayer. When I heard about it, I thought it was so stupid. But that was before I read the novel penned by Seth Grahame-Smith. When I read the first ten pages, I was hooked. I spent a few days reading at a faster then usual pace. I was hungry for the blood that Lincoln had sought out for. This book had become one of my favorite reads. Though given a ridicules concept, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was exciting, funny, and even emotionally tragic. So when I heard about a movie being made, I was excited.
Tim Burton produces and Timur Bekmambetov (having previously developed Wanted) directs this new side of the Abraham Lincoln story that will have you on the edge of your seat. Benjamin Walker has to be the perfect choice to portray the sixteenth president as he has an uncanny resemblance (especially during the later years trough great make up work) to our slayer. He carries the noble and patriotic spirit that belongs in Lincoln, while pulling off some good “ax-fu stunts” with his most trusted weapon. The movie covers the life story as it opens on Lincoln as a child. He witnesses his mother’s death from a vampire poisoning. He vows vengeance and attempts to kill him as a young man. Unsuccessful, he runs into a fellow hunter Henry Sturgess (played by Dominic Cooper) and is taught the ways of killing these creatures of the night. His work pulls off, but he struggles with his relationship with future wife Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). As time develops, he finds out that vampires have complete control of the south and are looking to take control of the nation.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is something that I probably should hate, but I can’t. I was disappointed that his childhood is mostly skipped over to get to his hunting days faster. What they cut was an emotional, but strained relationship between Lincoln and his father. If you’re looking for an accurate representation of Honest Abe, you’re seeing the wrong movie. This is meant to be a fun possibility, a fantasy-like alternate history if you see. Many of the action scenes are spectacular, including a horse stampede and a train delivery sequence. What lacks in emotion from the novel is saved by the films stunts.
I’ll give this four out of five silver ax’s. If we can see Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter, maybe it won’t be long before we see a story on Orson Wells as an alien gunner.
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