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Better than I'd thought it would be
on July 8, 2013
It's over-the-top, full of bloody battles, violence, some perhaps unintentional silliness, and not at all as bad as I'd feared it would be. It's certainly a testament to the author of the screenplay who adapted his own novel. Generally speaking, writers who know novels don't know screenplays...certainly not when it's their own work. Benjamin Walker, the handsome, full-faced actor who plays Lincoln, doesn't look a bit like him until toward the end, with the beard and a mole and the shaggy haircut. But he is good. And he has a black sidekick who actually makes it to the end of the movie without being killed! Actually, Abe makes it to the end, too, since the movie stops just as he and Mary are in their carriage, headed for the theater...and we all know what happens there. Unfortunately, like most action movies made today, there is far too much CGI. I would have preferred a bit more realism...if indeed a movie about vampires can be realistic.