What happens when you mash together the roles of a favourite president and a vampire slayer into one? Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov share their interpretation in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
Young Abraham Lincoln (Lux Haney-Jardin) is heartbroken over the death of his mother and yearns for the blood of her murderer, vampire Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) in the disguise of a despicable local merchant. Later, the grown up Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) meets vampire tracker Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper) who reveals the prevalence of these undead. As the lawyer-to-be delves into his books, he checks off the vampires off Henry's list as well as fights strong politic powers who stand to gain with the alliance. He also meets the love of his life, Mary Todd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and works part-time at Joshua Speed's (Jimmi Simpson) shop… and debates with Stephen Douglas (Alan Tudyk) at the same time.
Since the author of the novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, wrote the screenplay too, there's not much debate about whether the movie strayed far from the original. Ignoring the inaccuracy of photography invented during Lincoln's time as well as suspending the disbelief of vampires in broad daylight thanks to sunglasses and sunblock, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter lovely show to catch for its wild premise, an adequately charming cast and mostly for the beautiful backdrop visuals.