Written November 19, 2012
As many have already written, the acting of Lewis, Fields, Jones, Holbrook, Strathairn and others created so many memorable vignettes that "Lincoln" will become another classic portrayal of Lincoln and his personal and political struggles during critical moments in American history. The demeanor of House debates on the Thirteenth Amendment seem strangely relective of current House debates on very different topics. One thing is certain. I would gladly support the Civll War House Speaker Colfax (another midwestern Republican) over Speaker Boehner any day. Some leaders do take personal stands on issues in order to break deadlocks and work toward meaningful compromises designed to make the United States a more democratic and humane nation for all. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin's exceptional biographical study/words on Lincoln truly come to visual life as "Lincoln" returns to remind us what one person, one couple, one family, one nation can accomplish in the struggles to be free.
Written November 14, 2012
Daniel Day-Lewis, of course, is a top candidate for an Oscar, but Sally Fields and many of the supporting cast need to also be considered, especially Tommie Lee Jones. And, Spielberg is as usual superb in his direction.
The movie did not focus nor even show much of the on-field battles of the Civil War. The battles it did reveal were the ones in the congress and in private and governmental meetings between Lincoln and others, and between Lincoln and his wife and sons.
The most interesting story, and the movie's focus, was Lincoln's push to get the 13th Amendment accepted and ratified by the soon-to-be reunited USA and how important that amendment would be to the future of the USA and especially the slaves freed by war decree.
Written November 11, 2012
daniel day lewis portrayal of abraham lincoln is a tour de force. you actually feel you are in the same room with lincoln. his persona and lincoln mannirisim's are right. the hands down winner for best actor next year. I actfully cried at the conclusion of this movie. Speilberg has directed a masterpiece
Written November 11, 2012
This is one of the best historical dramas I have ever seen. The screenplay and the performances were wonderful. Not only was DDL amazing, but Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and James Spader were also fantastic, as were everyone. Now let me be clear: this is a very literate film. This is not an action/war film, this is a story about the American political system – a system that can be dirty and involves lots of shady behind-the-scenes deal-making, but occassionally all these machinations can bring about something which uplifts the human race. There were a great many funny moments too. Just wonderful!
Written November 10, 2012
Every American from about 10 years old and up should see Spielberg's "Lincoln"... If we all did see this important film, we'd be a little less cynical about our politics and our politicians. We'd remember that those who lead us are human, and that great things happen in small human steps that are taken by folks who get their boots pretty muddied along the way... The act of governing is always a messy business...Even Lincoln, as towering a figure as he is, only becomes great in history over time. How timely this message is in the wake of our bruising political season...One of the more surprising elements of Tony Kushner's screenplay is its reclamation of Mary Lincoln's reputation... Vividly portrayed by a truly great Sally Field...Mary is no longer the mad shrew, but a restless force prodding her husband to further greatness...And every moviegoer should be grateful to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for her source material, and to Daniel Day-Lewis for bringing Lincoln back to life.