Jun. 22nd, 2012

Movie Reviews: "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Brave"

The day has finally come where I can say that I finally saw Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the movie-verse.

First off, this review will be FULL of spoilers. If you do not wish to be spoiled, stop reading at the spoiler alert marker. Also, this got long.

What you need to know going into the movie is that when people said it was nothing like the book, they really meant it. I had a few looks at the reviews that weren't full of spoilers this morning before my viewing and I honestly had no idea just how much the director & company had changed the source material. Seth, I'm looking at you, sir, because at least some of these changes were yours. lol

If you are extremely committed to the book, you more than likely might be disappointed by the movie verse.

Things the book & the movie had in common:

  • A few of the main characters from the books were featured.

  • Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.

  • Abraham Lincoln read law books.

  • Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd got married.

  • Abe participated in famed debates and delivered the Gettysburg Address.

  • The Civil War took place.

  • That's about it overall.

    Starting spoilers NOW. )

    I also took myself to see Brave directly following AL:VH, which I liked quite a lot. If pressed, I'd admit that I liked it more than AL:VH. It was just so funny and moving and had some wonderful parts. I was especially delighted by the movie, because I had no idea what to expect. I had only seen the trailer and the teaser trailer for the movie, so I didn't really know what I was getting myself into.

    But damn if those themes of self-acceptance, family, tradition, fighting for what is yours, and owning your life didn't hit me where it counts. All in all, I loved the hell of out this movie and I would love to see it with my mom. It's Merida's relationship with her mom that provides the backbone for the movie and I just really appreciated that. There is something about them acknowledging that although your mother may annoy and misunderstand you, she still loves you and would fight for you.

    It makes me want to give my mom a big hug. ♥

    There was also a pre-Brave short film that I didn't realize until the end wasn't a confusing preview. I kept waiting for the preview to explain what the movie was about, but it just kept going. lol Turns out that it was a movie by itself. XD

    Me Note: 7:12 P.M.

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