Steven Spielberg helms his long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln for DreamWorks and Touchstone Pictures. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the former head of state in the Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, which chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Sally Field leads a co-starring cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Academy Award nominee John Hawkes. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Unfulfilled opportunity. I thought this would be a great movie with all the nominations for awards and a Speilberg movie to boot. But I was shocked it was basically 2.5 hours of politicians arguing with no attempts at reminding the audience how america arrived in this important place in time (I guess we're all supposed to stay current on details of the civil war?). I started fast forwarding searching for some "action" as well but it was almost all dialogue with a predictable "story" offered up by wise old Abe every 15 minutes or so. Boring. There was no attempt at making Lincoln very likable either. He came off as haughtily aloof. And the cinematography was bad - harsh lighting in almost every scene. Where was the Gettysburg address or the assassination (not in the theater in which it was announced)? Looks like Hollywood got lazy and figured the sheep would show up in droves and fawn all over this "braniac" film. ZZzzzzz...
This was very long (and dry at times) but still wonderful where it merged not only his Presidency, but touched on his personal life and his relationship with co-workers and family members, strangers and the present political atmosphere of that time..
I watched it 3 times and cried each time. It was so moving in every sense. I would have voted this as the Oscar winning movie over Argo. Argo was great too, but this was gut wrenching with so many emotions, tearing you in all directions. It was painful to imagine the stress and tension surrounding Lincoln's Presidency. This brought so much to "light" of how difficult his life truly was to the end. I'll be reading the book as well.
It was a great historical film that answered some of the questions about themyths of Honest Abe ending slavery. It had a wealth of information and Daniel Day Lewis definitely earned his best actor Oscar he did fabulous. Everyone should watch this film at least once. Jess
This was a well done movie. I never realized how close the vote was to pass the emancipation proclamation. It also is ironic that democrats did not want to abolish slavery when Obama is a democrat. The acting was well done, the make up amazing and the costuming was spot on. Everyone should watch this movie.
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This is one giant of a film that I plan to see again. So much richness and depth to it, not to mention superb acting. I came rather late to the Civil War in terms of reading its history, having discovered several ancestors who fought in it, including one from England. Now I would love to see a film about Ulysses S. Grant--with Jared Harris continuing in that role!
Another Spielberg great. Daniel Day Lewis delivered well as Abe, and this was one of the best movies of the 21st century. If you want a great movie to watch with lots of history, this is the one. I can't think of another bad to say about this movie at all.