Written July 26, 2014
Daniel Day-Lewis once again wins the Oscar. This is a role designed for Award-bait but that doesn't make it any less of a accomplishment because Lincoln is such an iconic character and the performance was so subtle and expert. Sally Field was the weakest link in a all-around great ensemble cast with many faces you'll recognize who disappear into their characters.
This movie is a courtroom-like political drama. The script must have been 12 inches thick, the dialogue is just densely packed with wit, powerful monologues and era specific language. This is an All-American classic in the very best of ways and it will almost certainly be a staple for U.S. History classes for decades to come.
Written November 10, 2012
Very good historical writings. Daniel Day Lewis as Abe Lincoln is superb. As always Steven Spielberg was able to capture the true essence of the most important event of American history.
Written November 17, 2012
I had purchased our tickets the night before on line because I knew it was going to be a great movie and wanted to make sure we had tickets. On the way to the theater, I realized I had not checked my movie review source to see if the move was "safe." I didn't think it was necessary. Glad I did!! The review source (very reliable and family-friendly) listed the number of times God d--- was used and other profane language. WHY in the world do movie makers have to RUIN a potentially great film by injecting crude language that makes your ears bleed?? We immediately turned the car around, took our $25 loss and headed home. Not only will I not see this movie, but my children won't either. It's just not worth having to sit through vile language to see a movie. What a shame and so not needed!! I hate they got my $$$$ before I realized the content. At least my ears were spared.
Written October 30, 2014
Lincoln was excellent. Daniel Day-Lewis did a fantastic job -- he truly became Lincoln in this movie. Wonderful supporting cast.
I would highly recommend this movie.
Written January 25, 2015
I thought that this was a very well done movie. I thought that Lincoln was portrayed in a new and most human way. Lewis did a wonderful job and cemented is reputation as one of our finest actors. The supporting cast gave wonderful performances as well. I really like the way that they dealt with the political wrangling that was common in the 19th century politics. Sally Fields showed that she has matured as an actress, considering some of her other roles that she has done over the years. Tommy Lee Jones, as always, brought his A game to the film. The movie was photographed beautifully giving a true sense of the time. My only regret, though I understand it due to the limitations of keeping the movie to 2 1/2 hours, is that more was not made of Lincoln's relation with Sec. of War. Edward Stanton. What impressed me most about the cast is how close most of them looked like the people they portrayed. I really felt that I went back in time.