Really not as bad as many below are giving it credit for. If you don't like history, you may find this film boring. ITony Kushner's script is pretty great, quasi-Shakespearean in its ability to plumb the depths and scale the heights of the American vernacular. The acting is also superb, especially from Lewis and Jones. It's Masterpiece Theater quality (at its best) , fairly substantive mIddlebrow entertainment,
Spielberg again hones his craft: bringing historical narratives straight from U.S. high school textbooks to the big screen with all the sentimentality of your grandpa who fought in the war. Particularly offensive is one of the closing scenes, wherein an African-American woman exorbitantly praises her Great White Lover for delivering her, even if his compromises would lead to another century (and more) of pain.
Lincoln alternately broods and pleads in smoky, impeccably lit rooms, ably supported by a fine cast and script. Way too much of the stock-in-trade stoic music from John Williams -as if those finely portrayed inner struggles need brash external flourishes- but even that can't wreck an intelligent rumination on the exigencies of power, delegation and, above all, the keeping of one's integrity in spite of everything.
A good movie, and Daniel Day Lewis is nearly sublime, but Tommy Lee Jones is the real rock star here. A heavy metal god whose voice shakes the earth. What a total and hilarious badass.
I'm no expert in History, nor am I a cinema expert. But this is a must watch. Great performances, great directing and great writing (except when Licoln says Euclid's Elements is a mechanical, rather than a mathematical and geometric treatise). And by the way, not only for obvious, historical reasons, but because they actually complement each other aesthetically, watch also The Conspirator.
Austere and restrained, a surprisingly "for adults" movie. The ending sucks, but I think that's because while this is a movie really about Lincoln's relationship with the 13th amendment, there had to be some pretension about it being about the man himself. This is a Lincoln horrified by the Civil War, matured by it and driven to grey hair and martyrdom.
A mi entender, un buen ejemplo de lo que debería ser el llamado "Cine Histórico": Se narra un episodio específico, tenso y dramático de la vida de un personaje, lo que nos permite conocerlo mejor que si viéramos cada pasaje de su vida. Aunque a veces me perdí debido a mi desconocimiento del período retratado y sus detalles, la película, sobre todo en su tercio final, logra emocionarnos con la gesta abolicionista.
It was alright for what it was, I expected too much. Daniel Day Lewis will always be fantastic and Tommy Lee Jones made this movie, but that's really it.