“Lincoln” is Steven Spielberg at his best.
It’s a big film with a big cast and it makes no apologies for it.
The film recounts President Lincoln’s efforts to pass the Thirteenth Amendment, which would formally abolish slavery in the US. Fearing that the courts will not recognize his Emancipation Proclamation once the Civil War has ended, Lincoln is eager to pass the amendment since the war is quickly drawing to a close.
While the film’s name suggests a focus on this legendary president, “Lincoln” also shows the political landscape during our nation’s darkest time. It’s amazing how little has changed in over 150 years.
As Abraham Lincoln, the larger-than-life, legendary American president, Daniel Day-Lewis is astonishing. Actually, that is a gross understatement. He is Lincoln. It’s an inspiring performance and surpasses what we’ve come to expect from Day-Lewis.
As the spirited Mary Todd Lincoln, Sally Field is a fantastic foil to Daniel Day-Lewis’ nearly always poised and composed Lincoln. Mary Todd Lincoln has often gotten written off as the “mad woman,” but Field gives her spunk and a reason for being “mad.”
“Lincoln” offers a glimpse into the life of our nation’s 16th president, but doesn’t presume to know this great man.
We see him as a leader, a father, a husband and even as a human with a few flaws. But at the end of the film, he still remains a bit of a mystery, and perhaps that’s for the best.
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