Written November 22, 2012
This movie could have been shown in 1/2 the time. It is too long and very slow moving.
The movie depicts the struggle to get 13th amendment into the constitution (slavery). It makes one think that the war between the states was ONLY about slavery which it wasn't. The civil war was about states rights in general with slavery being one of those southern rights.
Acting = just fair but if I had to pick the best actor it would have to go to Sally Field (Mary Todd)
Suggestion = stay home and don't waste the money. Wait until it is out on DVD than rent it. Don't buy it since I am sure there will be other Lincoln movies that will be better than this one.
Written November 21, 2012
I couldn't tell exactly what the movie was focusing on. The most interesting characters and plot line, all related to the passage of the 13th Amendment, took a back seat to close-ups of Daniel Day-Lewis eerily channeling our 16th president, while droning on and on in these exaggerated monologues better suited to the Broadway stage. This movie is at least 30 minutes too long; it's ponderous and heavy-handed. We counted at least three "endings". The only pluses were Janusz Kaminski's cinematography and the production design under the direction of Rick Carter. Kudos too to hair & makeup, costumes by Joanna Johnston, and set decoration by Jim Erickson and Peter T. Frank. Daniel Day-Lewis is a sure bet for a Best Actor nomination. But the story itself is bloated. and may have worked better as an HBO mini-series.
Written November 24, 2012
The entire movie is based on the fictitious idea that Lincoln wanted desperately to get the 13th amendment passed. Historical facts don't support that. So the experience for me was a little like watching a fairy tale and a little like watching war propaganda. In other words, confusing and frustrating.
Spielberg uses the most bizarre lighting. Lincoln was in silhouette for most of the film, which is a huge disservice to Daniel Day-Lewis, whose performance was amazing. He almost made me think kind thoughts of Abe Lincoln: that is up until I remembered the truth.
Why did it look like the light fixtures were the movie stars in every single frame? Come on. Grow up, will you Spielberg? Move on to something a little more interesting with your direction. We've seen the lights. We get it. Shadow creates contrast. Not interesting.
Cinematically it was a disappointment. Historically is was shameful.
Written July 30, 2014
Excellent movie, I just hate giving DemocRATs like Steven Spielberg any money, so I had to tell myself that my $10 went to a Republican that was in the movie, if there is such a thing in Hollywood.
Daniel Day Lewis is a tremendous actor, I think he may win another Academy Award for this performance.
Written July 31, 2014
Daniel Day Lewis is a wonderful actor and hisportrayal is excellent. However, the story line did not lend itself well to the screen.Of all the dramatic moments in Lincoln's presidency - his reaction to secession, his difficulties finding the right general to manage his forces, the early defeats and turnaround at Gettysburg, ending with his Gettysburg address, the insipid legislative huckstering to pass the 13th amendment is the last event that should have been chosen to showcase this seminal figure in American history.