Written February 11, 2016
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.
Written March 01, 2015
I wasn't too blown away by this film. It was not so much about Lincoln himself as it was about politics and passing the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the US. A lot of people liked it, but throughout most of the film, I was just saying "get on with it!" The personal touches with his wife and sons seemed to be an afterthought, and I never really got engaged with any of the characters. Even the war scenes were not enough to engage me. I really don't know why so many people are so knocked out about it.
Written June 29, 2016
not quite what i expected. very narrow focus and time frame. worht the price of admission just to watch daniel day lewis at his craft. maybe the best acting performance i have ever seen in my 44 years!
Written July 07, 2016
This movie really speaks to our time and politics. It is so ironic how history repeats itself. The issues then were the Union itself and the end of slavery, two conflicting ideals and how Lincoln navigated both politically. Very fascinating. The acting was superb. Lewis will get his 3rd Oscar.
Written November 10, 2012
I am steeped in US History, and even I learned some new things about the 13th amendment.
Fabulous acting, directing and of course writing. Doris Kearns Goodwin and Steven Speilberg are an amazing team.