Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The DreamWorks Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox film, in association with Participant Media, releases in U.S. theaters exclusive on November 9, 2012, with expansion on November 16, 2012.
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My husband and I went to go see an early screening a few weeks ago, while I did enjoy the movie and agree that it will definitely be up for awards, I also found myself lost at times in the political jargon and humor. Daniel Day Lewis gave a very powerful performance, and it was very cool to see this piece of history we all learn about in school played out on the big screen. My husband is a big history buff and avid reader of historical literature and has been waiting for this movie for quite some time so I thought I would share his review of the movie with you.
‘Lincoln’ is another masterpiece from director Steven Spielberg. With over a decade of research, Spielberg is able to recreate the era of the civil war with great precision. From the opening scene, borrowed from another epic wartime film he directed, to the painstakingly precise details of the White House, you are immersed in a time when the country at war with itself. The film takes place primarily in what are to be the last 4 ½ months of PresidentLincoln’s life as he is trying to pass one of the most historic pieces of legislation- the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution and bring an end to the war. The ensemble cast features many award winners, and several will again be nominated for their roles in ‘Lincoln.’ Not only do Daniel Day-Lewis (Abraham Lincoln) and Sally Field (Mary Todd Lincoln) provide the audience with spectacular performances, but many in the supporting cast give equally impressive performances in their roles, from Tommy Lee Jones as Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, to David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward to James Spader who plays W.N. Bilbo, an unsavory character who is called upon to “help” Lincoln “acquire” enough votes to pass the amendment. The film is rated PG-13 and I would say that 13 would be the youngest age that I would expect to see in the audience. Not for any of the violence during the battle scenes, but more for the dialogue… there is a lot of dialogue, much of which, consists of dry political discussions that many adults would find boring, yet, it is enhanced by using a centuries old dialect. Overall, ‘Lincoln’ is one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars. – Brian
There you have it, straight from the history buff’s mouth.
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One last thing in case you are still deciding whether or not you want to see the movie, here is a trailer for your viewing pleasure!