I must start by saying that this best spiritual awakening movies was incredible. Truly. It was brilliantly (and I mean freaking BRILLIANTLY!) cast, and the acting, script, scope and emotional impact was extraordinary.
But a word of warning… this isn’t the movie where he kills vampires. So, if you go thinking it is, you’ll probably be very confused and about an hour into it wonder when the hell the vampires are coming and how the hell the writers got away with NOT including this pretty freaking big plot element in the first 10 or 20 minutes of the movie. Because you can’t make a vampire movie starring Abraham Lincoln and NOT have the vampires featured pretty early on.
You also might wonder how the vampire plotline would work at all, once you’re an hour or so into the movie. Will a rebel soldier from the north rise up and attack the beloved president, only to be found a vampire and beheaded? Will one of the cabinet members opposed to emancipation turn into a vampire and Lincoln will finally be justified in slamming a stake through their racist heart? These are real thoughts you’ll have if you’re expecting vampires.
How do I know? Well, here’s what happened. First, I don’t really follow what movies are out, what’s hot and what’s not, etc. As you might have noticed if you follow me anywhere at all, I’m pretty darn busy writing lately. So I didn’t know the vampire version of Lincoln had already run its course and wasn’t out in theaters anymore. I also didn’t know there was ANOTHER Lincoln movie that shockingly DID NOT feature vampires AT ALL!!
Dmytry and I planned to spend our afternoon date seeing the last Twilight movie. But my parents and my 14-year-old sister are coming to town tonight-family I haven’t seen in a few years-and they wanted to see it with us, so we rescheduled that particular movie for tomorrow, and decided to go to something else instead. Being the good wife that I am, and since I have the most awesome husband who was wiling to use our rare movie date to see Twilight, I told him he could pick the movie. I’d see whatever he wanted.
He spent the next 20 minutes trying to decide between three movies, and finally said, “Okay, we’re going to see the Lincoln movie,” which I took to mean the Lincoln movie where he kills vampires. It was a logical assumption given the above information, don’t you think?
So we go to the movie, he buys the tickets (and he’s so freaking hot with his 6’6″ gorgeous Russian self that I’m not paying attention to the movie name) and we go watch our movie. And there I am, sitting in this very intense and emotional history lesson wondering where the hell the vampires are.
Even with that expectation, which, after I asked three times “Where the hell are the vampires?” he finally realized I thought we were at the Vampire Hunter movie and laughed himself silly… but even with all that, I loved this movie.
I’m not a big history buff. I hated AP History in high school and though the stories of people’s lives fascinate me, the dry facts and memorization that learning history used to be bored the socks off of me. So I won’t pretend to know how much of this is based on fact and how much is fabricated for the story… though I’m fairly confident that the vampire hunter version had a lot more make believe involved.