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Lincoln (2012)

US 150m, Colour
Director: Steven Spielberg; Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley

Lincoln is a masterpiece of historical drama which might be more aptly described as “writing history with lightning” – as originally attributed to President Woodrow Wilson after a screening of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915) – and probably the biggest historical fiction before Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012). Spielberg’s Lincoln focuses on the political wrangling in both the President’s Cabinet and in the House of Representatives over the eventual passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to abolish slavery. Daniel Day-Lewis give a wonderfully nuanced performance which reflects the incredible emotional and physical toll which this period took on Lincoln. Like the man himself, the film is patiently delivered and deliberately-paced which culminates in an exceptionally emotional conclusion – which fittingly was not his assassination, but rather the passing of this significant legislation (Klaus Ming November 2012).

2 comments on “Lincoln (2012)

  1. CMrok93

    Daniel Day definitely deserves an Oscar-nomination for his work here as well as Tommy Lee Jones. Everybody else is very, very good but these were the two stand-outs who always kept things alive and well. Nice review Klaus.

    • Klaus

      Thanks, yeah, it’s a pretty remarkable movie. I had some trepidation with it being a Spielberg film — but alas, it’s remarkably not as melodramatic as I expected.

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