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.
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.
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 Thus said, it is quite a boring and ultra classical/outdated movie (like almost everything Spielberg made over the last decades)
Lincoln is a film which many may find a very tedious watch, due to its political and historical content, but if you are generally interested, it should blow you away. Daniel Day Lewis' performance is certainly a credible one, and deservedly gets an Oscar nod. However, I feel Spielberg overuses sound to (attempt to) create emotion in parts which would easily work without added sound.
Favourite moments: light from the fireplace shining through the children drawings, Lincoln in foreground placed by the camera in an abstract context after crucial dialogues. The material feel of his clothing, third most intensive bond to the film, after Day-Lewis and TLJ.