In the new bio-pic LINCOLN, director Steven Spielberg bequeaths a rare humanity upon this nation’s 16th president. Specifically on the last four months of his life which were difficult ones and primarily devoted to his political strategies at the end of the Civil War.
Lincoln’s goal: to ensure that slavery would forever be outlawed and to that end making tough decisions while facing overwhelming opposition.
Here Spielberg delivers a most unique insight into Lincoln’s behind the scenes dealings and struggles on behalf of the 13th amendment, the emancipation proclamation and these UNITED states.
A side of the tall man with the tall top hat we’ve really never seen before.
“We’ve won the war. Now we have to lead us out of it.”
To say that Daniel Day-Lewis really nails Lincoln in this movie would be the ultimate understatement. It’s surely going to earn him a Best Actor nomination.
And to think the role was initially attached to Liam Neeson blows my mind. But then on second thought, Neeson could’ve made a brilliant Lincoln as well.
Let’s not stop at the namesake’s performance. Sally Field in the role of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln—a.k.a. ‘Molly’—is also an exceptional one and offers an intimate insight into this powerful woman behind the man who gave his all to abolish slavery.
Other fine performances include those of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Lincoln’s elder son Robert Todd, David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward, James Spader as the vote recruiting WN Bilba and Tommy Lee Jones (almost over the top) as hyper politicized Thaddeus Stevens.
The movie’s first act includes several very brutal battlefield scenes which in some observers minds should probably have garnered an R-rating for the film. But hey, it’s history. It’s Steven Spielberg. PG-13 it is.
You’ll walk away from it feeling good about the shrewd, yet ingenious ways old Abe employed to garner votes and acceptance in his battle for equality—even without ever having been a vampire hunter.
I proclaim 4 out of 5 emancipated fingers for the Walt Disney release of LINCOLN.
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