Written November 18, 2012
"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 September 23, 2014
WORTH SEEING: Daniel Day-Lewis is magnificent in Spielberg's Lincoln, which is very well made. Best decisions: it begins with the Gettysburg Address, and ends with the Second Inaugural, which is probably the greatest American political speech of all time.
Written December 26, 2014
No small feat to take an iconic figure like Abraham Lincoln and humanize him. Daniel Day-Lewis not only gives Lincoln the voice of a man reared in Kentucky and Illinois, but his body conveys the heaviness this president carried. Sally Field's portrayal of Mary Todd is a careful balance between the intelligence of the woman and her darkness. Yes, it is true: you have to think, you have to listen. If we made a list of movies every candidate for federal office (not to mention every voter) needs to see, this one would be on the top.
Written January 05, 2013
This was beautifully shot and humanizes Lincoln really well. Because of Spielberg, I was expecting something more emotional, which this film wasn't. I felt the ending was too abrupt. Maybe the extended version will come out on blu-ray.
Written December 01, 2012
so after the trailers I knew lincoln would be boring..and it was. If you want to witness 19th century politicians and the house of rep battle it out in debates over the 13th amendment and the struggle of the passing of the 13th amendment-- then this is your story. It's more of a historical documentary type movie than a movie full of extreme interest and action. the verbiage too was 19th centuryesque and too difficult to sit through tough that actually made most of the movie because without it it would have been even more boring. the costumes, cinematography and acting were all superb. you really felt as if you were watching lincoln during those times and of course daniel day lewis was brilliant as was sally field and other actors. the ending was the best part and then it was over. it's also a really long movie so be prepared to watch politicians debate in a room most of the time along with strategizing of passing amendments..not my idea of entertainment...