Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [2012] ★★½

Forgive me people for I have sinned: I liked “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”. And contrary to what I expected, the movie is a fun experience,  meant to be savored on the big screen. Producer Tim Burton offers up a big, impressive, eye-opening production. It’s also well cast, with two forceful male characters played for all they’re worth by Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper. I watched Abe Lincoln kick some vampire ass in 3D and smiled. And for almost 2 hours, I couldn’t wipe the stupid grin off my face. “Abraham Lincoln” almost erased the memory of  every vampire movie made in the last 5 years or so. I think the key to enjoying a movie like this one is to go in with zero expectations. The plot couldn’t be sillier, but damn it, it works. It’s not a history lesson, but rather a fictional take on president Abe Lincoln’s life, who fights here to free America from slavery and undead bloodsuckers, alike. The result is exactly what you would expect from a Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov  film. The question is: would you be willing to go through with it? Fortunately, the answer was yes as far as I was concerned. I know how awful it sounds at first, but the movie rarely failed to entertain me. It’s not a masterpiece (far from it actually), but for anyone who can accept the experience on its own terms, there are plenty of entertaining moments of vampire killing to keep your appetite for a fun time at the theater guaranteed. The final duel is killer. And the getting there actually is half the fun. Overall, I had a good time watching it. So what if  I hate myself in the morning?

 Rating: 2.5/4

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