Sound Off: Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' Film - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
November 16, 2012
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "The fate of human dignity is in our hands, blood's been spilled to afford us this moment!" Introducing Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States. Now playing in theaters nationwide is Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, an intimate biopic detailing the last few months of his life and the passing of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery. So how is Spielberg's take on this iconic figure from our history? As beautifully realized as one could hope, or yet another misstep for the filmmaker? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Lincoln.
To fuel the fire, Lincoln is a vividly realized trip back in time for an intimate history lesson in Lincoln's final months and the passionate struggle to pass the 13th Amendment. As I would expect from Steven Spielberg, everyone in this movie gives incredible performances, starting with the indomitable Daniel Day-Lewis who completely is Lincoln. The voice never bothered me, as I felt like I was stepping back in time to watch this man for real. Tommy Lee Jones also stands out, so do David Strathairn and Michael Stuhlbarg (as George Yeaman). It's honestly a slow burning political biopic that mixes the characteristics of Abraham Lincoln the man with the intense political nature of our country at the time, but I found it fascinating to watch, especially after our most recent election. Not my favorite Spielberg, but a damn good history lesson.
What did you think of Spielberg's Lincoln? A historically epic masterpiece, or boring biopic? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!