As a child I wasn’t discouraged to read on my free time, but my lack of enthusiasm that was my dyslexia didn’t help. Since my graduation from mandatory reading, I have found it useful and interesting. I recently read “Abraham Lincoln; Vampire Hunter”, which I read for many reasons, but the more interesting, and less mediocre excuse for a history major like myself, is that I wanted to appreciate the film and how it coincided with the book. I rarely do reviews here on T&M, but this is a special case, indeed.
I always feel out of place when I hear friends and aquaintances say that “the book was SOOOOOOO much better!” I finally experienced what it was like to say that! I felt accomplished and extremely snooty. Besides the fresh and grotesque look of the vampires, (thank God the Twilight series is almost over), and the stunning special effects (which seems to be the norm for any film coming out of Hollywood theses days…so sad) the film was mediocre at best. Like most books that are made into movies, many key components and plot points are left out, but AL;VH, whole chapters, experiences, and characters are amiss. The two things that seem to be in place are the characters names and the dates in which the historical events took place. A majority of the dialogue that was not coming out of Abe’s mouth was flat and stagnant and the whole timeline of the film felt extremely rushed, which did not allow any bond to be formed with the film and it’s audience. Now I know this is not the next Moonrise Kingdom (fantastic film), but the title of the film is already outrageous- give us a little content!
If you’re one for a good read, I suggest you read the book and skip the film, but if you watched the movie and said to yourself, ”man, the book must be really bad,” think again! Turn a page and engage in the text. It’s a fun little twist on one of our founding fathers.