Lincoln (2012)

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Lincoln (2012)
  • Time: 150 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | History
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones

Storyline:

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

3 reviews

  • Joe O'Loughlin

    (written 11/16/12)

    I just watched “Lincoln”.

    I suppose there is drama in all things, and that art and perspective make it visible. There is even drama in lawmaking, and Steven Spielberg weaves nobility, moral courage and our higher human evolutionary imperative for justice even into that which pundits have called “sausage making”. We learned about the 13th amendment in high school civics class, and about Abraham Lincoln in history class, but never like this.

    At several points in the story, I couldn’t help but see the parallels to our legislative challenges today. I only wish our politicians had half the stinging wit, verbal alacrity and cunning tactics they did back then.

    Sally Fields made Mary Todd Lincoln come alive in a way I never could have imagined, and made me like her in a way that I never wanted to until now. And Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln! God help me–the way he channeled the great man felt unholy. How could a mere man bear the burden he did, and not break?

    I dare anyone to see this movie and not come away wondering what our nation might have been. It is clear to me now that in some ways and among some people our great and horrible Civil War never ended.

  • Just saw Lincoln. I thought it was a very solid film. Obviously driven by a powerhouse performance from Daniel Day-Lewis. He truly embodies Abraham Lincoln. If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought they dug up Lincoln’s body and reanimated it. He was that good.

    One of the things that I love about film in general is that it can be so many things. Lincoln feels like a window into the past. When Abraham Lincoln begins to tell one of his stories, it feels like he’s telling it just to you.

    The film takes a little bit of time to get going and runs the risk of getting bogged down with a lot of political jargon, but it takes off after that. Tommy Lee Jones also gives a superb performance and provides much of the comic relief. Sally Field plays Lincoln’s grief stricken wife and her performance sheds light on a person whose claim to fame has historically been “Lincoln’s crazy wife.”

    Abraham Lincoln has always been a larger than life figure. It was interesting to see him come to life and be introduced to him not as a legendary president or tragic historical figure, but as a real person. A person no different from the men dying on the field of battle or the slaves that he was trying to free.

  • It’s obvious that you know what you’re getting into when you view an historical epic by Steven Spielberg. He does his darnedest to get everything right. He’s meticulous with every little detail down to the costume design, the musical score, the way people talk, the look of the sets, everything. In 2012, he almost succeeds with Lincoln, a recounting of the last few months of Abraham Lincoln’s life. This film covers mainly, the efforts of one of our nation’s most beloved presidents, to get a constitutional amendment passed that would abolish slavery. The performances are all top notch and you couldn’t find a stronger cast assembled by Spielberg in any of his other films. Daniel Day-Lewis, who won an Oscar for his performance in the title role, not only looks like our 16th president, but impersonates him as effectively as he totally embodies the character (I never met Lincoln obviously but I’m pretty sure Day-Lewis got the posture right too). Along with Sally Field (Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd), who is equally good, this film is a showcase for many great, almost forgotten screen talents, to show that they still have what it takes (James Spader, Jackie Earle Haley, Hal Holbrook, Tim Blake Nelson to name a few).

    The only fault I find with this exercise is that it’s a very talky picture that sort of repeats itself. You find President Lincoln and his cohorts constantly debating the same issues over and over again in scene after scene. Now let me remind you, the acting is superb, but as usual Spielberg doesn’t normally write screenplays and Tony Kushner’s (he wrote the more effective Munich) script for Lincoln seems almost too accurate and as mentioned earlier, repetitive. Also, it sometimes lacks heart and you can lose interest real fast unless you’re a stone cold historical buff.

    Regardless, this flick has some indelible images (the scene where Day-Lewis rides on a horse with his head titled just kills me) and an excellent opening montage where Lincoln empathizes with some forgotten soldiers. Granted, this poster child for the Oscars may not be Spielberg’s finest hour (2 and a half actually), but it will provide you with a good old fashioned night at the movies.

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