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Another good movie that should have done even better than what it did at the box office. If this movie doesn't win at least one Oscar award, then the voters don't know good acting. The cast was excellent and the movie gives us a very good sense about how ending slavery wasn't that easy of an issue.
A very tremendous success of a film. a very saucy achievement. I watched this movie 6 times and it gets worse every time. a quint movie.
oh so boring - do not waste your time. my gf fell asleep and actually started snoring. there is no suspense or drama, although I did enjoy watching the way he spoiled his kid.
A squeaky voiced Lewis portrays a Lincoln that just doesn't square with history. All of these big, might pronouncements make him seem like he was the second coming. In truth, Lincoln could've cared less with freeing the slaves as he was with preserving the Union.
The reason it was made was to change history. How does one do that in today's dumbed down society without any historical context? make a stupid movie and act like it was real.
None of the actors were worth a diddle, and the overall movie was nothing but an overly wrought, clumsy movie that should be allowed to sink into the abyss due to its own isues mind-deadening inertia.
This is a drama directed by Steven Spielberg that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. This was an absolutely amazing film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. It is a film about politics and Spielberg was able to portray in great detail what needs to be done in order to implement change, it was really impressive and exciting to watch. The film is beautiful visually and is rich with historical facts. Daniel Day-Lewis is the best actor of our generation hands down and I was in awe of his talent. The supporting cast was wonderful as well and really i could not find one bad thing about this film.
"Lincoln" is a beautiful movie, just as you would expect it to be. I learned a lot about the nation's greatest president, like how he loved to tell funny and dirty stories which is something you never hear about him. We always hear that Abraham Lincoln was distant and aloof and failed a million times before he was elected president and was also probably gay but this movie really gives another dimension to his personality. He also had a darker side, one that let him be more than just a figurehead even to those who hated him while he lived. I also loved Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field in their roles, though I don't get what was the point of having Joseph Gordon Levitt play Lincoln's son in just one scene. All things considered, this is a stellar movie even though it's traditional Oscar bait. I hope it gets its due when the season dawns in jan/feb of next year. A definite shoo-in for Best Actor, Director, and Picture.
This movie has Oscar written all over it. I think a lot of people think they know a lot about Abraham Lincoln (I certainly spent the better part of last year in US History class learning about the man we often call "America's Greatest President") but this movie shows another side to him that I didn't know existed. He was a really funny, crass, and average guy in a lot of ways, and was exceptional in other ways. He needs to be taken off his pedestal, which a lot of people will think is sacrilege, but the movie does nudge them to think differently. I also think that Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest living actor and should win every award on the planet. In fact, apart from Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice, I think that his performance as Lincoln is the best performance on film I've seen. He really needs to be recognized for the amazing talent that he is. He is legendary and should be celebrated as a master thespian.
Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis? Does it get any better than that? It does! If you have Sally Field in the mix as Mary Todd Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis is jaw droppingly amazing as Lincoln, but I thought that the next performance of the whole film was Sally Field. She really nails the part of one of America's most notable first ladies. It's kind of shocking when you think that she's playing the first lady during the Civil War era which was about Lincoln wanting to abolish slavery and now we have an African American First Lady in Michelle Obama. It gives me a real sense of history and how the country has changed, which is the same thing my kids said when they saw the movie. They did think it was kind of slow but I told them it was important for them to see it and they ultimately agreed and enjoyed the film. This is a must see movie and I think it will win tons and tons of awards early next year.
Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln is about what you’d expect from a Spielberg historical epic/biopic/war film. He has, after films like Schindler’s List, Munich, War Horse, and Saving Private Ryan established himself as an auteur with his own visual and emotional style that is gritty and elegant and always (always) pacifist in theme as it laments the violence humanity enacts upon both itself and the world it belongs to. It is much too easy to feel simultaneous cinematic pride and personal shame when watching anything Spielberg has done since the mid 90s. Lincoln is no different.
The movie handily takes us into the lead up to the Civil War: yes, the President is torn and challenged, just as the nation is, but the truly surprising element in this story is how political the entire enterprise is. There is actually very little of Lincoln staring dreamily into the distance, wondering if the union will survive the coming war. Instead, we have a movie about backroom dealings and outright political bribery, much of which makes today’s post Citizens United political world look shockingly tamed. If you want to talk character assassination, check out what is said about Lincoln in this movie by his Confederate foes. There’s an art to an insult, and his enemies are masters of slinging mud.
Because the film deals less with the rise of Lincoln to the presidency and more with his historic challenges in maintaining the American union, Spielberg’s direction is also less sentimental and more objective than we are used to of late. To some that will be a disappointment; to others (like yours truly), it makes the film work in unexpected and daring ways. In the end, however, all of this may be for naught because Lincoln will not be remembered for its plot or as Spielberg’s finest directorial achievement.
Let me just be frank: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln is the film, so much so that when everything else about the movie may be forgotten, it is his image that persists in the memory. The diligence with which he has crafted the character and the performance – from not only the voice and facial visuals but the very way in which he lifts his head and lays his wrist on his lap – is so perfect that you wonder whether it’s fair to even call this ‘acting’. I’ll let others settle this argument; one thing no one will be arguing over is Daniel Day-Lewis’s transcendence as Lincoln. It feels trivial to even bother to mention it, but it must go without saying that this year’s Oscar race for Best Actor is officially over. Just give him the award. NOW.
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