Written April 30, 2017
Usually I fall asleep in talky, political, historical movies but I was wide awake throughout this one, watching Daniel Day Lewis' amazing performance and learning all about the events around the abolition of slavery. The story had a good balance of home life interest, politics, and a hunt, keeping all of my and my husband's attention. I'm glad that they didn't bite off more than they could chew in this movie, keeping their focus on one short period during Lincoln's presidency. It had a sprinkling of humor and just a touch of sadness, to where one doesn't feel too emotionally overwhelmed one way or the other. The audience was impressed enough with the story, the acting, and probably with respect toward Lincoln, who you feel that you've come to know, to applaud at the end. It was a wonderful, patriotic movie and highly recommended.
Written February 26, 2017
This is a terrific moviegoing experience! The fact that this is history and a great lesson for us all to see is just a plus, because this is movie-making at its finest. There are action and battle scenes, great drama in Congress, The White House, and between the members of the Lincoln family. Just about every actor is top-notch and they seem to be enjoying themselves immensely. The 2 1/2 hours just fly by. Special mention to the acting of Daniel Day Lewis. He does it again. HE IS LINCOLN! What a great actor. It was also amusing to see James Spader back in the saddle again. He's hilarious in his role! Truly, this is a great film that everyone should see. I'm considering seeing it a second time because I'm sure I missed some subtle nuances.
Written August 24, 2016
An incredible work, accessible by a wide range of ages and political views. The acting is superb and reveals much of the drama and history surrounding the last four months of Lincoln's presidency, the enactment of the 13th amendment to the Constitution that abolished slavery and the end of the Civil War.
Daniel Day-Lewis nails the introspection and pace of Lincoln while Sally Field gives a strong performance as Mary Todd LIncoln. Tommy Lee Jones delivers a winning supporting actor role as Republican Congressional leader Thaddeus Stevens. Spielberg's war scenes are just enough to show the scale of this struggle without ruining the thread of Lincoln's decisions.
Written September 27, 2016
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 January 23, 2017
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.