Lincoln (2012) A highly polished, restrained, important movie.That doesn’t make this an exciting movie. The acting is terrific, and filming excellent (including a color saturation pulled back to give it an old look without seeming affected). It is clearly expert in the way we expect from Steven Spielberg above perhaps anyone, at least in the mainstream conventional sense.But there are two things that make this movie a must see. One is the content. It’s about one of the two or three most important things ever to happen in this country–the fight to end slavery during the Civil War. This is such powerful stuff it will make you weep. (If it doesn’t, you’ll have to ask why.) It’s laid out as clearly and emphatically as possible while still keeping accurate.The second thing is simply the overwhelming performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. It is so good you forget it’s a performance (unlike, for example, his intensity in “There Will Be Blood” which stood out as a work of acting above the movie). Here he is so woven into the fabric of things he is indistinguishable from the historic truth, somehow. It’s really the magic of the transparency of movie-making of this kind. Amazing performance.It seems sacrilege to say this but the movie isn’t perfect. Because of its material–getting the anti-slavery amendment through Congress–it involves a lot of talk, and a lot of people that you have to keep track of. I think Spielberg did this as good as it could be done, so no criticism there, but it does mean a lack of physical and even emotional drama through much of the film. I don’t mean it’s dull, just that it’s conversational. I also found shreds of Spielberg’s Frank Capra quality of making the movies–and his subjects–a little simplified. He ties up loose ends. He makes it all a fine package, very fine. Maybe too fine for what I would call high art. At times.I think we’ll have an easier time judging it in six months, or six years. Also the subject matter makes it almost unassailable, since clearly most of us are all for the passing of any anti-slavery legislation.See this for all the reasons you have heard. Don’t miss it. Maybe down a coffee before you go, but see it no matter what. As I say, it’s important. It reminds you of greatness, and that’s not something to miss.UPDATE over one year later: I see that I accepted a lot of decisions by the writer and director as their prerogative, like focussing on one issue and narrowing to a short period of time. I had no bones with the scope of the movie. But in retrospect I see how the limitations of time and scope and background also create a sense of mis-information. That is, if you want a bigger picture of Lincoln, this movie is not quite right. Its aggrandizement is also not unavoidable, like the somewhat insipid (and yet moving) recital of the Gettysburg Address at the beginning by soldiers. Overall, though, I stick to my main thought–see it, and soak up what you can, without expecting perfection. Yes, see it for what it is, nothing less.
Lincoln (2012) Movie Data
Lincoln (2012) is Biography Drama History Genres film which released in 2012. Lincoln (2012) supported by David Strathairn, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Sally Field. This movie has 2h 30min duration and rating around 7.4 star from 206,456 movie experts. Not bad.
Lincoln (2012) Short Storyline
As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Actor Actress behind Lincoln (2012) Movie
Daniel Day-Lewis,Sally Field,David Strathairn
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Tony Kushner
Lincoln (2012) PLOT STORY
In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.
It’s January, 1865, and US President Abraham Lincoln has just started his second term in office as an immensely popular leader, especially among his supporters, because of his down home attitude. However, the country is in turmoil with the Civil War entering its fourth year and having taken the lives of many a soldier on both sides. Lincoln believes that passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution – which would abolish slavery – would most importantly achieve something in which he believes to his core, but also end the war as slavery is a large part of the raison d’etre for it. The Amendment has already passed in the Senate, and is scheduled for vote in the House of Representatives at the end of the month. While he is assured of yes votes from his fellow Republicans, he and his team have to work hard behind the scenes to assure enough yes votes from Democrats, which may require some compromise in other areas. But other factors may also come into play on the vote, such as the Confederate forces in the war issuing their own compromise to end the war but keep slavery. Meanwhile, Lincoln also deals with his oft supportive but oft tumultuous relationship with wife Mary Todd Lincoln, and their latest possible rift in oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln’s want to leave law school to enlist.
With the nation embroiled in still another year with the high death count of Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln brings the full measure of his passion, humanity and political skill to what would become his defining legacy: to end the war and permanently abolish slavery through the 13th Amendment. Having great courage, acumen and moral fortitude, Lincoln pushes forward to compel the nation, and those in government who oppose him, to aim toward a greater good for all mankind.
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