The premise of the movie (and novel) is, of course, ridiculous, over-the-top, and campy. But as I wrote in my review of the novel, it all somehow works. In fact, it works well. The film's combat sequences between Mr. Lincoln and his various enemies are stylish, exciting, and at times even gripping. While I wish this film (and so many others) would use the "Matrix"-like slow-motion effects much less than they do, they are nonetheless well-done and effective. The "choreography" of the fight scenes is quite good. I'm not sure if the ax twirling is actually done by Walker or if it's cinematic sleight-of-hand. It's at times dazzling. Yes, some of the film is gory as to be expected, but I've seen "slasher" films which are far worse.
As for the "history" imparted in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," well, we need to remember that this is obviously mostly fiction. Some of the "facts" are true: Lincoln's mother did die when he was 9. He moved to Springfield in 1837, where he met his friend Speed and his future wife Mary. The scene where the U.S. Capitol dome is shown unfinished during his inauguration is accurate, as is the platform on which he stood to take the oath of office. The Washington Monument is shown incomplete, which is also accurate. We cannot expect complete 100% accuracy, of course. (That will be expected of Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" bio-pic coming out in December)
I've read the novel and seen the film. I have to be honest and state that I enjoyed the book more than I did the film. As in any film adaptation of the novel upon which it is based, there are things left out, things added, and different events altogether. The novel is, at times, gripping. The film sometimes dragged a bit in my opinion. The vampires could be a bit scarier; the ending of the film vs. that of the novel left something to be desired. I would strongly recommend seeing this in 3-D, which actually adds a good bit to this movie, when it's unfortunately only a gimmick for so many others. The movie earns its "R" rating for violence, a brief (and unnecessary) "F" word, and a very quick sex scene including a glimpse of nudity. Definitely not a film for teens much under the age of 17.
All in all, I liked this movie. It's exciting, entertaining, and harmless fun. It's not overly long and holds the viewer's attention.
But the best thing of all about "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" (both the film and the novel) is that it has renewed interest in the real Abraham Lincoln among countless people. Mr. Lincoln is endlessly fascinating. Even as a Vampire Hunter.
3.5 axes out of 5.0