Review: LINCOLN

By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4.5 (Out of 5 Reels)

I absolutely love to watch historical dramas.  When I saw that Daniel Day Lewis was going to play Abraham Lincoln and  Stephen Spielberg directed the film, I knew I couldn’t miss it. 

It is truly amazing to me that the emancipation proclamation was achieved given the turmoil and racism of the time. President Lincoln was able to achieve the seemingly impossible.  I didn’t know that the proclamation came about in two stages. First, Lincoln used the proclamation to take possession of the slaves because they were considered property in the south. Then, he fought to take the proclamation further by freeing the blacks once and for all before the end of the civil war.

To say this film well written and acted is an understatement.  As per Day Lewis’ normal modus operandi, he transforms into whatever character he plays and gives a simply outstanding performance.  As magnificent as Day Lewis is I believe that in a way, Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens steals some of his thunder.  Also, at every turn we see a multitude of good actors from other movies and television; David Strathairn as William Seward, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Robert Lincoln, Hal Holbrook as Preston Blair, Lee Pace as Fernando Wood, Michael Stuhlbarg as George Yeaman and James Spader as W.N. Bilbo.  Let’s face it; Spielberg productions get every actor wanting to be a part of the action.

I absolutely loved this film and would recommend it to anyone.  I wish there were more well-made historical dramas made and look forward to them in the future.

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