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.
Written for the screen by Tony Kushner (MUNICH, ANGELS IN AMERICA) and adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”, the film has, at its core, a basic struggle for consistency in tone—a friction between the rigor and political headiness of Goodwin’s book and the cutesy Spielbergian Effect.
There were only three of us inside the movie theatre. And I fell asleep. But I love the shots.
Non so se risulterebbe migliore ma la curiosità di vederlo in versione originale rimane. Un discreto Spielberg ci descrive il sogno di un uomo che è disposto a tutto pur di riuscire. Un film sulla politica che mostra il lato nobile delle bassezze necessarie. Brutto il finale che sembra voler fare di Lincoln un santino, non era meglio finire con Tommy Lee Jones... ?
3 1/2 out of 5. Lincoln is a gallery of amazing performances more than its the story of the 13th Amendment being passed. Its not so much a movie as its a series of scenes laid out in a way that are supposed to tell that story. Its a sound and well made movie, technically speaking but pretty dull otherwise. If nothing else, at least there were no vampires.
If you can imagine what a biogpic of Lincoln directed by Spielberg would look like, this is it -- beat for beat -- for better or worse.
The film should be titled "The Rape of My Spectator With the 13th Amandman". ... and what a surprise for the directors of this type, there has been some FAKE 'historical facts'.
Spielberg absolutely raped the moderately interesting subject matter with his direction by making everyone put in shitty, overly melodramatic performances that ruin the entire damn thing.
This thing should have been a tv-series, and should be named "13th amendment", not "Lincoln"! Expect more of political manipulations/corruption, political arguments, a certain aspect of the end of the civil war, than anything (interesting) about Lincoln... Thus said, it is quite a boring and ultra classical/outdated movie (like almost everything Spielberg made over the last decades)
An average historical drama that everyone has overrated -especially the performances. The writing is explanative, but dry, the scenes lack tension, but are paced slowly, and the acting is all over the place -even for Spielberg. The entire thing looks like a staged play (with brighter, and OFF-COLOR daylight). I have all the patience in the world, but not for unauthentic bursts of emotion and characters who don't listen or change.