Written December 26, 2014
No small feat to take an iconic figure like Abraham Lincoln and humanize him. Daniel Day-Lewis not only gives Lincoln the voice of a man reared in Kentucky and Illinois, but his body conveys the heaviness this president carried. Sally Field's portrayal of Mary Todd is a careful balance between the intelligence of the woman and her darkness. Yes, it is true: you have to think, you have to listen. If we made a list of movies every candidate for federal office (not to mention every voter) needs to see, this one would be on the top.
Written January 29, 2015
"Lincoln" is an excellent films that exhibits all of those qualities of excellence requisite for drama delineated by Aristotle in his book, "Poetics".
That is: 1. Excellent plot development; 2. Excellent Character Development; 3. Excellent moral development; 4. Spectacle; and 5. Good music.
While being extremely entertaining, the film stimulates the intellect and the emotions.
It reminds one of the sacrifices that Lincoln and others made in order to maintain our nation and government "of, by, and for the people."
Written March 30, 2015
WORTH SEEING: Daniel Day-Lewis is magnificent in Spielberg's Lincoln, which is very well made. Best decisions: it begins with the Gettysburg Address, and ends with the Second Inaugural, which is probably the greatest American political speech of all time.
Written January 05, 2013
This was beautifully shot and humanizes Lincoln really well. Because of Spielberg, I was expecting something more emotional, which this film wasn't. I felt the ending was too abrupt. Maybe the extended version will come out on blu-ray.
Written May 26, 2015
If you do not learn the lessons of the past, you are doomed to repeat the mistakes. Understanding how Lincoln achieved transfigurative politics is absolutely critical for our nation and our politicians. If only we could learn from this great man!
Here is a shining opportunity. If you see nothing else this year, see Lincoln and apply what you see to your world. It may transform our nation, even these many years after his death.