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Lincoln (2012 film)

A film about the 16th president of the U.S. directed by Steven Spielberg

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A Movie That Could Have Been A Lot Better

  • Dec 28, 2012
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 of why he passed it and what he believes in.  He keeps saying that he follows the rule of law or something like that and how African Americans are viewed as property by law.  This difficult to understand reasoning that he provides is one of the many things that undermine this film from being better.

There is a good piece of history in this film and we see Congress and the White House well reproduced.  One thing that is obvious is the White House had no fence and no security.  I knew this from reading Killing Lincoln but it was still amazing to see it portrayed so realistically.

I had great difficulty understanding what many of the actors were saying even Sally Field started prattling on with 1865 idioms making her difficult to understand.  So many recognizable faces gave me the same trouble whether it was Hal Holbrook or James Spader.

Another thing the movie suffered from was it just got boring at times.  Yes there were dramatic parts ans Spader and his crew try to sway some of the Lame Duck Democrats to vote for the Ammendment and we saw that the same corruption that exists in Washington today happened back then.

Tommy Lee Jones was excellent in his role though he wears an annoying wig through most of the movie.  Joseph Gordon Levitt is excellent as Lincoln's son who fights with his father over enlisting in the war.

Finally, Daniel Day Lewis was a good Lincoln, looking a lot like Lincoln, but his voice didn't sound very Lincolnesque.


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January 13, 2013
I think that Daniel Day Lewis will get the Best Actor nod despite some imperfections in the movie.
January 04, 2013
I liked this one because of Daniel-Day Lewis and how it tried to keep itself close to what it was. I know it dragged in some areas, but I guess politics can indeed be dull LOL
January 04, 2013
It's funny but I saw Django Unchained the same week and though this film was a lot better made with a more compelling story, I like Django a lot better. Weird how it works sometimes.
January 07, 2013
DJANGO was just the more entertaining cinematic experience.
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