Sunday, June 24, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Honey Badger

That's not the title of the movie a large group of us went to see, but it might as well have been, because not a single fuck was given in this entire film.  No one gave a fuck about characterization, history, logic, weapons, technology, physics, vampire lore--you name an area, and no one who worked on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter gave a fuck about it.

Which, in a very odd way, was exactly what made it so much fun to watch.  The first few minutes of the movie demonstrated clearly that there was no point in engaging your critical faculties, so you had to make a key decision right then:  Would you walk out, stay and curse the screen the whole time, or surrender to the absurdity?

I chose to let my mental surfboard ride the absurd waves as I settled back and watched the show.

Once you do that, the movie is almost two hours of grand silliness with an interesting visual style that used vast quantities of fog to help compensate for an entirely inadequate CGI budget.  Vampires teaming with the Confederacy against the Union?  Sure, you bet.  Abraham Lincoln running a Parkour course across the backs of a gigantic herd of stampeding horses while carrying an axe?  Why not?  Become strong enough to chop down a tree  in one swing because you revealed an utterly transparent truth?  I knew I was missing the trick! 

Of course, if you can't choose option three, then you are in for a truly terrible time should you be foolish enough to attend this film. 

Most of the folks in our group, though, were willing to dumb down for a couple of hours, so we had a lot of fun. 

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