J.Sexxview of AL:VH...
I liked it, but did not love it. I know, I am stating the obvious when I say this but, it was NOT as good as the book. It could've been, but it wasn't. Director Timur Bekmambetov, whose Russian movies, "Night Watch", and "Day Watch", I enjoyed very much. Timur has a very stylistic way of directing. His scenes are elaborate and admittedly over-the-top, but quite fun. Had I not read this book I would've enjoyed this movie much more. Author Seth Grahame-Smith created such a well written, masterful blend of fiction and non-fiction. It was compelling, gripping, addictive, bittersweet, emotional, full of action, facts and just flat out fun. In my book review of AL:VH I wrote: "Grahame-Smith does a fantastic job of intertwining historical facts with fantastical fiction. He could have taken the story and made it silly, but he didn't. He wrote it so straight-faced that I found myself at times thinking the fiction parts were true! The historical part was just fantastic. I never realized how little I knew of our 16th president and the dramatic life he lived..." **Read my full book review here: http://jasexxyreadgood.blogspot.com/2011/05/abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter-by-seth.html **
Unfortunately the movie went the route of hokey that ended up being a chopped version of the book. They went for style, f/x, grandiose fight sequences, and no substance, instead of the plot & dialogue driven book. I'm disappointed in the movie b/c it had the potential to be as great as the book or at least be an acceptable adaptation, especially since the screenplay was by Grahame-Smith, but it fell way short of even being acceptable. One thing I did find amusing...**WARNING SPOILER (OF BOTH THE BOOK & MOVIE. DON'T READ UNTIL AFTER THIS PART...**
The ending of the book was the only thing I didn't care for. Lincoln becomes what he hates most, vampire. It didn't ring true with the story & character of Lincoln. In the movie, Grahame-Smith writes an ending where Lincoln does not turn vampire, he heads off to the theatre and then they cut to modern day, no Lincoln. You'd think I'd be happy with that since I didn't care for the ending of the book, but I wasn't satisfied with the ending of the movie either. Lol
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Overall I enjoyed the movie for what it was, an actionay horror flick with decent f/x and stylish filming. It didn't suck, but it wasn't great either. I rec it but not so much that you need to see it. I give it a X 1/2, (out of XXX) rating. Stay Entertained! Happy Viewing!