Excerpt: Many movies have been made about Abraham Lincoln, some of them starring prominent actors (Henry Fonda, Raymond Massey, Gregory Peck, Sam Waterston), but this is the first one that appears seamlessly authentic. Part of this sense stems from Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of President Lincoln: not just the tenor pitch of his voice but also his lumbering gait, his modesty and good sense, his soft humor and stunning eloquence—it’s a bravura performance, yet it seems completely...
Conclusion: This is not only a great film, but it’s also a historically important one too. Steven Spielberg has done it once again with the help of a brilliantly cast group of actors that really bring their roles to life. Everything about this film oozes historical accuracy and I loved every bit of it.
Excerpt: A loooooooottttt has been written about Abraham Lincoln in the nearly 150 years since his death, to the point where you have to wonder if there is anything that hasn't already been said. After nearly a decade trying, Steven Spielberg's long awaited look at the 16th President is going to try and ultimately comes up with this: Lincoln was definitely a politician, but was also probably a man.
Excerpt: The great thing about movies is that there’s bound to be at least one that suits you. Case in point, if your particular cup of tea is our 16th President, then you had not one but two films to choose from. Oh yeah, I’m lumping in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln . It’s the same character albeit the stories are as different as night and day (pardon the pun).
REVIEW: Daniel Day-Lewis Brings Noble, Determined President To Life In Spielberg's Timely 'Lincoln'
5 May 2013
Excerpt: The release of Lincoln , the new film from Steven Spielberg , is intended to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the days leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation — not the recent election — it doesn't try to make a metaphor out of its portrayal of the 16th President, or force comparisons to our current commander-in-chief and the state of the country he's overseeing, but it still couldn't feel more timely.
Conclusion: Steven Spielberg's long in gestation Lincoln is worth the wait. Skillfully capturing the period in early 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln pushed to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, Lincoln is an intimate historical drama with its fingers on the nation's political and societal pulse. Daniel Day-Lewis embodies the role of the sixteenth president, and the method actor again gives a wonderful performance.
Excerpt: London-born Daniel Day-Lewis crafts a portrait of Abraham Lincoln as a somber, quiet family man, fixated on pursuing America’s 13th Amendment amidst the waning turmoil of civil war. Lewis portrays Lincoln with a peculiar walk, a penchant for storytelling, and a man who appreciates moments of solitude. Tensions boil over as the war nears its end, the Amendment a piece of political posturing, but one Lincoln is sure of.
Excerpt: The year is 1865, and the Civil War is drawing to a close. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood ) signed the Emancipation Proclamation and declared that all slaves were free, but abolitionists are concerned that the proclamation may be thrown out by the courts once the war concludes. As such, there is a movement to pass a constitutional amendment that will ensure that slavery and involuntary servitude are permanently outlawed.
Conclusion: As a great admirer of Steven Spielberg, it pains me that I cannot recommend Lincoln without reservation. Important subject matter, a winning lead performance, and technical excellence somehow add up to something dull and unemotional. Obviously, this is a substantial, significant, and notable production worth seeing, but the fact that it's not easy to enjoy or love is a true, unfortunate weakness.