Written July 26, 2014
Every man, woman and child in America should see LINCOLN. There cannot be one person among us who could not learn at least one thing about the extraordinary history of our country, character, faith, and love of humanity and family from our 16th president. Stephen Spielberg's storytelling inspires us as a nation to heal our wounds and move forward with hope and promise that America will indeed remain the land of the free and the home of the brave. I will be a better person and American by coming to know Abraham Lincoln, the man, through the glorious adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's exquisite portrait -- and Daniel Day Lewis's perfectly crafted performance -- of an extraordinary leader who changed the 'course of human events' in these United States. Lincoln at once envelopes us with his warmth and compassion on the screen, and above all else, imbues us with his sense of honor and duty to preserve our individual and collective rights scripted by our forefathers. God bless America.
Written December 17, 2012
Historically this movie was great. It was very long and drawn out without very much dynamic transitions. I would like to have seen more drama vs. "story" telling. Needs to be seen but I probably wont watch it again.
Written December 08, 2012
THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR. Give Daniel Day - Lewis the Academy Award. Sally Field should be up for Best Actress, and either Joseph Gorden - Levit, Tommy Lee Jones or Donald Straithan best supporting actor nominations. Everything about this movie was fabolous, this is a MUST SEE FOR EVERYBODY, but don't take my word for it, see it for yourselves.
Written November 27, 2012
As might be expected, the cinematography is pretty, the costumes and set design - gorgeous, the acting (for the most part) is superb, but in the end, the film does Not flow very well. Honestly, I appreciate the narrative that Spielberg and company were attempting to give, but it doesn't come out in the wash. Much of this can be attributed to editing. There are quite few scenes that simply should have been left on the cutting room floor; not for content but for the sake of the movie as a whole. One almost gets the sense that Spielberg clung to, at all costs, certain episodes of the era, or maybe just morsels from an earlier screenplay, even if they ultimately interfered with the story arc in the final edit. Secondly, Lincoln is very much a dialogue-heavy film, which is fine and something that can and has worked well in other projects, but it seems this one passes up several opportunities to neutralize the chatter with some silence, or scenery, or action.
Written November 18, 2012
While the performances of Day-Lewis et al are terrific, the script is languid at best. The movie was overly long and pedantic at points. Preachy too (from a standard Hollywood perspective). Cinematography is just right with a sepia tone overlay that ties to the Matthew Brady photos of the era with which we are familiar. Given all the hype, I was disappointed.