Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Hal Holbrook
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Yesterday, I’ve seen, “Lincoln”, and here is my review.
Plot/synopsis: As the civil war is coming to an end, President Abraham Lincoln, wants to put slavery to an end by adding the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Remember, there were only 12 Amendments back then. So they had to do a vote in the House of Representatives, in which the votes were very close.
This is not a straight up, Lincoln, biopic. It doesn’t start from his childhood all the way up to his death, as some hoped it would. Instead, the film focuses on the last four months of Abe’s life. It basically starts from the Civil War, right away, but the film doesn’t show much of that. Even though the film doesn’t show much about the Civil War, the battles and everything, still though, the fights in the Civil War, were pretty gritty and disturbing. We all know Steven Spielberg is the master at War Battles with films like “Saving Private Ryan”, “Schindler’s List”, and, “War Horse”.
Instead of focusing on Lincoln’s life, the film gets to behind the scenes of the White House and the political life. If you’re expecting a war movie with violence, gore, and intense battle scenes, look again. You’re gonna see a full 2 and a half hour movie, full of dialogue and acting scenes. So the film is going to be slow pacing, whether you like it or not. The film mostly focuses on the last days of, Abraham Lincoln. It wants to give you a closer look, on how Abe changed US history forever, by putting an end to slavery for good.
The film was beautifully shot. The cinematography was amazing and Spielberg is always the master at the camera. It’s a pretty smart and intelligent movie. It follows the Lincoln story, pretty perfectly. It’s not just a movie for political and history buffs, it can be a useful movie for high school and college students, as well. This film is a pretty important history lesson for all.
The movie also has a great cast. Other than the great Daniel Day-Lewis, the film is full of talented actors who played all the characters well. Sally Field was phenomenal as, Mary Todd, who played Lincoln’s wife. It’s an all star cast with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earl-Haley, Tim Blake Nelson, etc. I think there is going to be some Oscar nominations here. Especially Daniel Day-Lewis, who I think might have another Oscar on the way for him. Sally Field will probably get nominated for her role too. Hal Holbrook, as well. Tommy Lee Jones, maybe. While the cast did a great job, Daniel Day-Lewis killed it, like he has always done. He did a good job on what Abe’s speaking voice, would have been like. This is going to be a big Oscar movie, and it will probably score the most nominations. Wouldn’t surprise me.
People are already asking me how the movie, ended. Well, everyone knows how Abe’s life ended, when he was shot at the Ford Theater, with John Wilkes Booth being the shooter. I don’t want to get into details of the ending. The film showed the Ford Theater scenes, of course, but the movie dragged on some more after that. Showing special scenes, that will blow your mind. I don’t want to give anything away.
This is definitely one of the best films of 2012. I think Spielberg just made another masterpiece. It’s his best non-popcorn family film. You should really see this soon.
Score for “Lincoln” = **** (4 stars as in “excellent”)