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Our Review of Lincoln:
KRISTIAN: There’s a new Lincoln movie out there everyone…the vampires are gone, the acting has improved, and Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a worthy showcase for one of today’s finest actors portraying one of our greatest presidents. Daniel Day Lewis is so good as Abraham Lincoln you almost forget he’s giving such a fine performance and assume it’s really the 16th president of the US. But Tommy Lee Jones provides maybe the most dynamic acting in the film, and gives the possibility that at least two actors will be nominated from this movie. The story is NOT about the entire life of Lincoln, rather it is wholly in the few months in 1865 when the 13th Amendment was being voted on. While I can see some audience members who weren’t prepared for this story getting restless or even bored, I was captivated by the performances and see this as another historical win for Steven Spielberg.
SCORE: 4/5 SCHMOES
MARK: Spielberg did it to me last year with “Warhorse” and he got me again with “Lincoln”…the director who says he’s bored of making huge blockbusters has taken a story set amidst the bloodiest war in US history, and somehow stayed true to his word: we have been given a beauty of a tale involving Lincoln passing the 13th Amendment. The Civil War is a mere backdrop as Daniel Day Lewis takes center stage as Abraham Lincoln, and totally immerses himself in the 2 ½ hour film that feels more like an intimate stage play. He’s phenomenal as Lincoln, and Sally Field somehow finds almost equal footing as Mary Todd Lincoln, the mentally troubled wife of Abraham. Name actors pop up everywhere, and Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and David Strathern stand out as well. Yes, it’s not the fast-paced war film some might have expected given the director’s history, but “Lincoln” instead triumphs as the definitive portrayal of a man working towards what we would consider one of his finest hours in his too-short life.
SCORE: 5/5 SCHMOES