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Published February 23rd 2013
An old President gets new attention
I'm usually not a person inspired by political leaders, but when I saw this film I thought that if I had been alive at the time, it would have been both a pleasure and privilege to hear President Lincoln speak. The film 'Lincoln' (and its actors) ,are up for possible Oscar wins and it was easy to see why after leaving the theatre.
Steven Spielberg produces big name movies whether you love them or loathe them. This movie perhaps lacked the popular hardcore action, but it had plenty of suspense and gave the audience a lot to think about: slavery, votes, war, love, loss and much more. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays an image of Lincoln that seems both lifelike and fictional. It is hard to know a man who is captured in history books, but in our minds he might have been created in the form and style that Day-Lewis brings to the role.
Sally Field plays as strong a character as Day-Lewis since Mary Todd Lincoln is the great woman behind the great man. Watching this film was a cinematic journey that I would happy to take again. I do not want to give away too much of the plot, you can check out the summary at the link provided, but it is fairly common knowledge that Lincoln was in support of the abolishment of slavery.
Many stories, historical or not, will have points of exaggeration and film writers will tack in what they feel will build in dramatic suspense. I think that as an audience participant you can only take away from a film what you particularly get of out it. Being an Australian (as well as an American) I think that I can safely say this was a good movie to watch. Purely from the American perspective, I think 'Lincoln' offers an interesting glimpse into history, which as a child I was not so engaged by. I still find history books a bit dry, but I confess I picked up Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin (a text that contributed to the Lincoln film). While I have not finished this book, it has been more of a fun journey back in time than when I was at school and forced to read standard history texts.
I do not have a rating scale for films, but if I had to rate it I would easily give it a 10 out of 10.