A rather dry rendition of this important piece of American history on the abolition of slavery and 13th Amendment. I wish Spielberg had managed to weave into the script an emotional and human story about why this was so important at this time. It felt too much like a history lesson and mildly incomprehensible to those who don't know the political characters involved.
Spielberg's take on 'Lincoln' winds up being one of his most satisfying films. It avoids the preachiness of 'Amistad' and the melodramatic moments of 'The Colour Purple' and results in his most mature work about race and politics. Daniel Day Lewis becomes Lincoln and humanizes him in a way both majestic and enthralling that certainly ranks amongst the actor's finest work. Personally found Sally Field miscast here.
I'm not quite sure how to judge this one yet. It does make me want to read the Goodwin book. There are a lot of details about the events that led up to the end of the war and the ratification of the thirteenth amendment, but there is also a lot of flab in trying to tell the story. There also seems to be an inordinate amount of light that pours into every room during the day. Lincoln is also a bit of a cutup.
Daniel Day Lewis was incredible. The movie is mostly dialogue and very well written. It is slow. A movie about the passing of an amendment can't really be much more exiting than it sounds. Huge amount of great actors filling all the roles. The emotion of his death was absent from the end though, that was probably my biggest problem with the film. Otherwise, it's a great historical drama that isn't that exiting.
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,
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.