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IMDb Rating 7.4 10 218895


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Lincoln
Adam Driver as Samuel Beckwith
James Spader as W.N. Bilbo
Lee Pace as Fernando Wood
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Reviewed by Lloyd Bayer 8 / 10

By its very making, director Steven Spielberg has written the greatest obituary for one of the greatest leaders of the modern world.

The very mention of a Steven Spielberg project and everyone goes bug-eyed in excitement and curiosity; everyone from casual movie goers to mainstream critics to cinema house managers. Now reunite Spielberg with long standing producing partner Kathleen Kennedy, throw in a multi-award winning star cast lead by Daniel Day-Lewis and a story about one of the most revered Presidents in US history and you have an Academy Award nominated movie by default. Lincoln has all these fine qualities and a whole lot more. This is not just a great film for the reasons stated above, or because it is very easy to praise a film directed by Spielberg. This is also not just a masterpiece or a very important and powerful film for the sake of calling it so. From the drawing boards to its last take, Lincoln is every bit exquisitely fashioned filmmaking — an amalgamation of art, literature, politics, society, history, and most importantly, humanism.

Here's a brief re-cap to get you up to speed on the relevance of the American Civil War (1861 to 1865) as depicted in the film. The United States of America is divided as cotton rich states of the South refuse to phase out slavery. After Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln secures the Presidency, almost a dozen states in the South pull out of the 'Union' and become the Confederate States of America. As a bloody civil war rages between North and South, the film's story begins with President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. This is the Commander and Chief of the armed forces calling for slavery to be abolished in all states by seeking a landmark constitutional amendment. For this to happen, Lincoln must procure enough votes through Congress for a stay order on making slavery illegal anywhere in America. Challenged with factions within his Republican party, Lincoln becomes his own worst enemy in a daunting personal crisis: save thousands of lives by ending the war or prolong the war in favour of ending slavery.

Running at 150 minutes, this film is a slow burner with extensive dialogues and frequent courthouse debates; but like the trudging power of a steam locomotive, Lincoln pushes forward with remarkable pace while never losing sight of its destination. Piloting this powerhouse of a film is Daniel Day-Lewis in easily his finest hour as a method actor. His Lincoln is tall and bent over with war-stressed fatigue and a shrill voice, but armed with a quiver full of wisdom and remedial anecdotes for when push comes to shove. Throughout the narrative Lincoln is torn within as he manages his duties as the President of a nation, as a father who has lost a son, and as a husband who must confide in his wife when decisions become complex. This is also when I must mention Sally Field in another fine delivery as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the epitome of the phrase 'Behind every great man is a woman'. Field's Mary is a tragic character whose depiction of a bleeding heart is memorable in a scene where she confronts Lincoln as the father of their children, not a man with immense power. With strong characterisation forming the flesh and blood of the film, you can also expect riveting roles from Tommy Lee Jones and David Strathairn, besides a multitude of top actors.

This is one of the most important films of the year and perhaps even the times we live in. By its very making, Spielberg has written the greatest obituary for one of the greatest leaders of the modern world. Lincoln is to Steven Spielberg what Gandhi is to Richard Attenborough; the commonality being crucial moments in history, rather than a history lesson per se. If I have to nit-pick, I suspect there could be historical anomalies in the narrative if this film is solely considered a biopic. This is why I strongly recommend the film as a political drama rather than a componential biography. Is it safe to say that President Abraham Lincoln was a self-made man? That he was extremely intelligent despite dropping out of school? That he changed the future of an entire nation? That Barak Obama is the current President of the United States of America because Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery? If you said 'yes' to any of these questions then Lincoln is more than just an Academy Award magnet—it is a landmark film made by people reiterating that freedom is a birth right for people everywhere.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 8 / 10

A Master's Hand Directive

Film Review: "Lincoln" (2012)

Entirely built on Daniel Day-Lewis out-standing performance as the 16th President of The United States Abraham Lincoln (b. 1809) in office from 1861 to 1865 under the most violent Civil War with more than 500,000 soldiers deaths over differences in the way of living between "The South" and "The North", when Academy-Award-Winning director Steven Spielberg summons up the horrors of the independence aftermath in one fulminate shot of a puddle-drowning soldier with an opponent's foot in his face in the striking opening scene for "Lincoln" that then delivers a historically-accurate biopic picture for the ages written by playwright Tony Kushner, who had been sharing the script for "Munich" (2005) with DreamWorks Pictures, igniting on plenty dialogue for literally transforming vocal strings by Day-Lewis in ultra-stark, atmospheric as darkness-striving cinematography and dust and smoke pooling production design to indulge on.

Director Steven Spielberg brings passion and skills to the project that paces through a fairly-receivable 140-Minute-Editorial by long-term "Team Spielberg" member Michael Kahn, who then utilizes the elegant visuals conceived by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski in scene-covering Spielberg-signature, shot-combining manners coming from a master-director's hand, whose only flaw has become to shy away from physical violence towards the second half of this highly-dramatic picture on a legendary as biographical-romanticized character of "Lincoln", when 12 Academy Award Nominations at the 85th edition of the Oscars Ceremony in February 2013 are righteously-earned, but can only be translated in two wins for the Leading Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and utmost authentic production design by Rick Carter due to a highly-competitive season, where pictures as "Life of Pi" directed by Ang Lee and "Django Unchained" directed by Quentin Tarantino just had been daring more in their individual film-making executions.

"Lincoln" must be enjoyed several times to fully comprehend its glory with a sublime supporting cast ranging from James Spader as votes-hunting, scenes-owning character of B.N. Bilbo, Sally Field as close-to a nervous breakdown wife Mary Todd Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones as reptile-looking Thaddeus Stevens and my personal favorite scene of meeting heart-breaking Jackie Earle Haley's interpretation of historic Southerner Alexander Stephens, when Southern surrenders are nigh in a slowly-received second half of this unless railroading empathetic motion picture, when audiences must realize that fighting for a cause as abandon slavery has only one winner that is the people.

© 2018 Felix Alexander Dausend (Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)

Reviewed by abower-75835 9 / 10

An Inspiring Look at Both the Congressional System as Well as The Lincoln Legend

The opening shot is a brutal and devastating look at the Civil War. In the rain, men slaughter each other as blood mixes with the mud. In a remarkably bold scene, Spielberg sets the stage for the state of the nation at the advent of the 13th Amendment, without ever having to return to the bloodshed of the War. (Something I am certain he is capable of, see the first 27 minutes of "Saving Private Ryan") The rest of the film is remarkably tame if compared to that first scene, so the drive must be found elsewhere. Similar to the Oscar-bait films of the past few years, "Lincoln" is driven by passive drama through the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment (a common, yet effective film trope) and awe inspiring character work. The ceaselessly perfect Daniel Day-Lewis disappears into the role of Lincoln, with myself during first viewing taking numerous double-takes to see that that was indeed an actor and not a stunningly crafted CGI Lincoln, a la Peter Cushing in last year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story". Lewis turns in one of his best performances this time around, perfecting the mannerisms and indescribable subtle awkwardness of the legendary president. Yet even Lewis is eclipsed by the scene-stealing role of Thaddeus Stevens played to perfection by an ever belligerent Tommy Lee Jones. Being of a younger audience, this was a dramatic turn from the straight-man comedic of the MIB series, and Jones blended into the role of Stevens. His crass attitude and defiant stature allows Jones to create a gruff, outspoken congressional legend. Filling out the supporting cast are memorable takes on legends like Secretary Seward (David Strathairn), journalist W.N. Bilbo (James Spader) and of course Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field). Hal Holbrook as Preston Blair, founder of the Republican Party, was a particularly excellent casting choice. Holbrook had a storied career playing Lincoln and playing the founder of the party Lincoln made famous was a suitable way to round out his career and dance with Lincoln. My one doubt on the casting end was Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Lincoln. While Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite actors and makes every project he stars in sparkle, he seemed to stand out as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a film which held great strength in its historical accuracy; with the actors becoming their roles and not standing out as the Hollywood legends they are. That one blemish on such an historically accurate film was made negligent by the astonishing costumes and historical set pieces. The focus on the time period did numbers on the plot which revolved around one off the greatest congressional battles in history. "Lincoln" is one of the most accurate political dramas I've witnessed save "The West Wing". The backroom deals were brilliantly filmed and staged as to always seem exciting. Shots of back alleyways and smokey Senate offices perfectly encapsulated the atmosphere of 1860's Washington. The push and shove of swing votes never seemed trivial and stakes, while rarely seen, were well established and brought high drama in what easily could've been a bland retelling of the story. An especially pleasing subplot that placed extra stakes (and humor!) to the film was the delegation from Richmond. Their constant delay and interactions with General Grant found me chuckling at times and their very existence brought serious twists into the congressional workings in the A-plot. One key player, and personal idol of mine, Salmon P. Chase was completely left out of the story sadly. As a Radical Republican like Stevens and a Cabinet member like Seward, it seems ridiculous he was not included within the story. By and by this is a phenomenal historical film which stunningly exceeds the expectations of a seemingly unstoppable trio. Steven Spielberg, 3-time Oscar Winner Daniel Day-Lewis, and our most legendary president, Abraham Lincoln.

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