Written November 30, 2014
This is a terrific moviegoing experience! The fact that this is history and a great lesson for us all to see is just a plus, because this is movie-making at its finest. There are action and battle scenes, great drama in Congress, The White House, and between the members of the Lincoln family. Just about every actor is top-notch and they seem to be enjoying themselves immensely. The 2 1/2 hours just fly by. Special mention to the acting of Daniel Day Lewis. He does it again. HE IS LINCOLN! What a great actor. It was also amusing to see James Spader back in the saddle again. He's hilarious in his role! Truly, this is a great film that everyone should see. I'm considering seeing it a second time because I'm sure I missed some subtle nuances.
Written October 21, 2014
As many have already written, the acting of Lewis, Fields, Jones, Holbrook, Strathairn and others created so many memorable vignettes that "Lincoln" will become another classic portrayal of Lincoln and his personal and political struggles during critical moments in American history. The demeanor of House debates on the Thirteenth Amendment seem strangely relective of current House debates on very different topics. One thing is certain. I would gladly support the Civll War House Speaker Colfax (another midwestern Republican) over Speaker Boehner any day. Some leaders do take personal stands on issues in order to break deadlocks and work toward meaningful compromises designed to make the United States a more democratic and humane nation for all. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin's exceptional biographical study/words on Lincoln truly come to visual life as "Lincoln" returns to remind us what one person, one couple, one family, one nation can accomplish in the struggles to be free.
Written December 18, 2014
Daniel Day-Lewis, of course, is a top candidate for an Oscar, but Sally Fields and many of the supporting cast need to also be considered, especially Tommie Lee Jones. And, Spielberg is as usual superb in his direction.
The movie did not focus nor even show much of the on-field battles of the Civil War. The battles it did reveal were the ones in the congress and in private and governmental meetings between Lincoln and others, and between Lincoln and his wife and sons.
The most interesting story, and the movie's focus, was Lincoln's push to get the 13th Amendment accepted and ratified by the soon-to-be reunited USA and how important that amendment would be to the future of the USA and especially the slaves freed by war decree.
Written November 28, 2014
I see over 100 movies a year and can always predict the Academy Award nominees. This will absolutely be among them, and possibly the winner. It's that good.
This movie also makes you realize why Americans should understand history.
Written December 20, 2014
daniel day lewis portrayal of abraham lincoln is a tour de force. you actually feel you are in the same room with lincoln. his persona and lincoln mannirisim's are right. the hands down winner for best actor next year. I actfully cried at the conclusion of this movie. Speilberg has directed a masterpiece