Went to see this with the Cosmic Wife on a rare day off yesterday. So we saw it in the early afternoon in an almost empty theater.
The Cosmic Wife liked it. She thought some of the CGI stuff was wildly overdone, but found the film to be fun and campy.
I enjoyed parts of the movie and don’t regret having seen it, but I did find the movie strangely lacking in precisely the things that it is getting celebrated for doing.
For example, the movie is getting lots of praise for treating Lincoln as a serious figure, commenting about how the movie slows down and highlights key speeches such as the Gettysburg Address. But I had more or less the opposite reaction. I found the juxtaposition of the private action hero Lincoln and the public tortured philosopher to be completely unrealistic and unbelievable.
I too found the CGI to be badly overdone. Normally I enjoy a good full-screen 3D extravaganza, but there are limits to plausibility that the movie routinely blasted through without even slowing down. I realize that’s part of the appeal of the movie, and perhaps I should just accept it as campiness, but the gore was too frequently absurdly gratuitous and the action scenes were more appropriate for a Marvel comic book hero.
Then there was the acting…
Or there was supposed to be acting.
Who the heck was that playing Mary Todd Lincoln? I am pretty sure they could have replaced her with a wind up doll. And the main vampire villain? Glower for me! More! The scene needs more glower!
There were just enough nice touches to the script and plot to keep me from just rolling my eyes throughout the movie. And it was somewhat diverting to try to spot the historical references (“there’s more than one railroad”) involved.
But in the end it was just a momentary diversion. The money and effort that went into this movie could have been better spent.