The movie examines Abraham Lincoln's (Daniel Day-Lewis) efforts to pass the 13th Amendment in the last few months of his life. It is a detailed account of his strategy and the negotiations of the members of his cabinet, especially his Secretary of State, William Seward (David Strathairn).
The story deals with the minute details involved in making slavery illegal; conversations between pompous politicians are endless and dry and I found it boring. I would have preferred a biography of Lincoln's life; this story has little action and the nonstop speechifying was tedious in the extreme. None of the dialogue sounded spontaneous; each line sounded well-rehearsed with the result that it looks like a filmed play.
Day-Lewis certainly looks the part, but his Lincoln isn't very interesting or charismatic. His soft, high voice was particularly unengaging; I was hoping for the measured gravitas of Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch. The movie was too long and a crashing bore.
President Abraham Lincoln is perhaps one of the most loved, the most admired president in history. Put that together with director Steven Spielberg impressive resume, Daniel-Day Lewis in the title role supported by a stellar cast headed by Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, 2012’s “Lincoln” would obviously be a winner. Well, the film is indeed all that may have been promised and more. The timing of the film’s release was set to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emanticipation … more
This movie had a lot of good individual parts: a really good cast, a great director, and a National icon. However, in sum this movie didn't live up to what it could be. The story focuses on the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's push to get the 13th Ammendment through the House of Representatives. Lincoln talks about how he used the powers granted to him because of the war, to pass the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves. He gives a difficut explanation … more
A film named "Lincoln" spreads specific expectations. The audience needs to be in touch with the man's life, needs to understand him and to get behind his motivations and wishes. When the only thing you get is a film dedicated to one single important event from this man's life, then at least the audience would want a better understanding of why this person pursued this dream of his. When you don't even get a clear picture of that, then my friend, the … more
Two Jews On Lincoln twojewsonfilm·205 videos 35 views By Joan Alperin Schwartz Okay I know what some of you may be thinking...A film about Abraham Lincoln...Boring!!! Let me assure you it's anything but...boring. Steven Spielberg has directed a riverting, intense, exciting, fascinating film about the President of the U. S. that put everything on the line, to pass the 13th amendent to the constitution, which … more