Written September 01, 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 November 18, 2012
While the performances of Day-Lewis et al are terrific, the script is languid at best. The movie was overly long and pedantic at points. Preachy too (from a standard Hollywood perspective). Cinematography is just right with a sepia tone overlay that ties to the Matthew Brady photos of the era with which we are familiar. Given all the hype, I was disappointed.
Written November 27, 2012
As might be expected, the cinematography is pretty, the costumes and set design - gorgeous, the acting (for the most part) is superb, but in the end, the film does Not flow very well. Honestly, I appreciate the narrative that Spielberg and company were attempting to give, but it doesn't come out in the wash. Much of this can be attributed to editing. There are quite few scenes that simply should have been left on the cutting room floor; not for content but for the sake of the movie as a whole. One almost gets the sense that Spielberg clung to, at all costs, certain episodes of the era, or maybe just morsels from an earlier screenplay, even if they ultimately interfered with the story arc in the final edit. Secondly, Lincoln is very much a dialogue-heavy film, which is fine and something that can and has worked well in other projects, but it seems this one passes up several opportunities to neutralize the chatter with some silence, or scenery, or action.
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 November 10, 2012
Well written, beautifully shot and the actors are amazing. Daniel Day-Lewis IS Lincoln - every wrinkle and hair. Tommie Lee Jones is a revelation and so much fun to watch. But most amazing is Sally Field, who makes Mary Lincoln real, with all her madness you still love her, and so does the President.
My only criticisms are that it covers a limited portion of Lincoln's legacy and that the African-American characters are not drawn according to history - Mrs. Keckley was SO MUCH MORE than a housekeeper.
Bring the family - you'll b e proud to be American.