|View single post by CleburneFan|
|Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 01:35 am||
|Though it is heretical to confess this at a Civil War HISTORY web site, two others and myself went to see "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer" in 3-D today.It will be even more heretical to confess that all three of us really enjoyed the movie.
The 3-D quality is very good, giving the movie an eerie, life-like quality, while the lighting gives it a spooky, dreamlike quality, especially in some scenes.
Four scenes stand out for awesome photography. A horse stampede puts the viewer right in the middle. A vampire dinner/ball/battle makes one feel surrounded. A burning bridge with a locomotive racing to cross it is especially tense and the 3-D sparks come right into the audience.
The fourth scene of special interest is the amazing third day at Gettysburg. Someone here at CWI in another thread once asked why no one has ever filmed a Civil War battle in 3-D. Now someone has, and the impression is memorable. What most here will not like is that some of the attacking Confederates in Pickett's charge are vampires! You can pick them out because they wear sunglasses.
The 3-D is thrilling when it is shot from Cemetery Ridge looking down toward the attacking Confederates. You really get the perspective and depth perception. It feels incedibly realistic--until a vampire snarls.
Much of the movie is filmed in the New Orleans area. The Spanish moss on old oaks and the plantations were picturesque.
Yes, there is nonsense the serious-minded Civil War buff coud barely tolerate such as Mary Todd Lincoln passing out silver ammunition at Gettysburg and Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks Lincoln dying from a vampire attack. Many may not care for the movie's end that hints at a more recent US president about to be recruited as a vampire hunter. The viewer is left to guess which president that is however.
This movie is definitely not for everyone, but it does have positive moments such as when Lincoln gives his Gettysburg Address. In 3-D that was spectacular and very moving.
I'm hoping the movie will inspire at least a few people to want to explore Civil War history seriously and in greater depth.
Last edited on Sun Jun 24th, 2012 01:37 am by CleburneFan