Making a book into a movie is always tricky business. Anyone who didn't read the book may think this is a decent movie. Those who have read the book (like myself) will know that this movie is bullshit.
I'll be the first to say that we all know this is a fictional story. Abraham Lincoln didn't slay vampires. However, the least they could have done was stay true to the text Seth Grahame-Smith created.
The "new" writing isn't the only thing that bugged me. A lot of the editing was weird. It was like they spent all their money on special effects but forgot to get an editor who could make it all look good together. Some scenes would awkwardly fade into others or cut much too soon.
As far as characters are concerned, they made Henry out to be some frat boy. In the book, Henry is Abe's mentor. Abe seeks Henry for guidance. But in the movie, Henry is just a horny dirtbag. I couldn't respect him.
This movie is heavy in action (and CGI) but lacks the emotion that the book invokes. I never felt like anything was at stake. Abe learned how to slay vampires in a montage that took less than a minute. It was cheesy.
I knew this movie was going to fall below my expectations the minute the trailer was released. I still walked in expecting gold because I paid hard-earned money to see it.
The only good thing I can say is that Benjamin Walker is a good actor and he'll probably go far despite the fact that this movie is shit.