Wednesday, December 05, 2012
Lincoln is a history lovers dream.
The movie is like a docudrama. It takes 2 1/2 hours to show how the 13th Amendment was passed. It was fascinating to me how Lincoln worked his charm to persuade 20 Democrat Senators to vote for an amendment that would finally give the slaves their freedom.
Daniel Day-Lewis does an incredible job of portraying Lincoln, there is talk of him getting an academy award for his portrayal, and I definitely think he should.
He showed Lincoln to be the man I always envisioned him as, from all my study and research of him. He was amazing at using story-telling and jokes to get his message across (reminds me of Reagan). He was patient in his interactions with his difficult wife (played by Sally Field who was also incredible). He loved his children, allowing them to come into the Oval Office at almost anytime (to everyone else's dismay). He carried a heavy burden with all of the loss of life during the war. Yet, he was up at 3:00 in the morning wanting to pardon deserters.
Tommy Lee Jones was wonderful as Thaddeus Stevens, a Republican Congressman who had been fighting for the freedom of the slaves for 30 years.
There is some controversy on whether Lincoln would've used the language Spielberg had him use in the movie. For me, it didn't take anything away from the rest of the content.
I highly recommend it and give it 4 1/2 stars!