Written May 25, 2017
Just went to see this one and with all the Hype about award winning content and performances this is posibly the biggest let down I have ever had at a movie. For starters, this movie is one big bore and I mean that sincerely. This is 2 1/2 hours of Lincoln and his Republican Congressmen twisting arms and bribing people to push through the 13th ammendment. Tommy Lee Jones might be the only saving Grace in this movie as his performance and character portrayal are the only interesting and enetertaining part of this over-rated bomb. If you open up an 8th grade level history book it is more educational than the content here and quite frankly some of the lines written into this are flat out unbelievable, but presented to you as though it were solid fact. The only thing more shocking to me than this dud are the reviews that it has received from people and critics.. My only guess is that most people in this country never learned history in school. Buy a book and get the real truth.
Written November 19, 2012
I felt the screenplay did a terrible job of tying a lot of episodic parts, and a vast collection of characters, together to move you through the story. It was easy to lose track of who was in favor of what and why.
Written February 25, 2017
Great cast, and a terrific performance by Daniel Day Lewis. The movie drags a bit, here and there, and sometimes, Spielberg gets "too pretty" for his own good, but well worth seeing.
Written February 23, 2017
Why in the world are people calling this movie good?!? Is it out of some sort of misguided sense of patriotism? Okay, the cast and acting are good, but the bottom line here is this movie is BORING. Soooo boring. Most boring movie I've ever seen, and I've seen Wyatt Earp.
It could have been so good, but they turn it into the equivalent of watching 2 hours of C-Span in 1873. What that means is the whole movie is nothing but the political procedure of manipulating men and getting the bill passed. Do you care that the bill is passed? No. They made no attempt to show the inhumanity of slavery or presented any characters with which to empathize with or pull for. Slavery is ended and you couldn't care less.
Then there's the war going on that's constantly being referred to. I'd like to care that my fellow countrymen are dying over their differences. I want to feel the desire for the war to end by getting the bill passed. But I don't. Because I never see the war. Only old men bickering.
Written July 24, 2016
A pretty good movie. A thought provoking movie mostly try's to show what Lincoln faced in the early days of congress. Kind of hits the big things most people will remember about Lincoln in the last 20 minutes.
Daniel Day Lewis hits his stride in this movie. You will recognize lots of TV actors and bit actors in this film.