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!
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
Saw it a couple weeks ago. I absolutely loved it. Sally Field did a wicked job as Mary Todd,
Tyler Bannock on Nov 16, 2012
Where are the vampires???? -jk
mandaryn on Nov 16, 2012
Who's performances really stood out were that of tommy lee jones, Daniel day Louis, and Sally field. Also the child who plays his middle child was excellent! It was a little slow in the beginning but really picked up as it went on catching the true essence of Lincoln's dedication to this nation!
Kyley on Nov 16, 2012
2 thumbs up . Lewis Fields Jones were excellent. Best portrayal of Lincoln Ive seen!
Nancy on Nov 16, 2012
The best acting ive seen top to bottom in years. Tim blake Nelson, James Spader, and John Hawkes stole the show.
BigBadRon on Nov 16, 2012
Enjoyed it greatly. We often forget who the good guys were at that time. Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Fields were great. I thought Lewis did a great job as Lincoln and the way he carried himself, wow!. The makeup and clothes were awesome. Also Lincoln I believe was the only president in office that was actually on the battlefield in history. Washington wasn't president when he went into battle. The sadness that showed of all the lives given for the cause of freedom and I hope we never ever see another battle on our soil. Strange how one man is so willing to distroy another man for his own adjenda. Im not saying this about Lincoln, he was right. But we need to think of ourselves. A crook/murderer takes a life at his own greed and pleasure.
willie25 on Nov 16, 2012
I believe Teddy Roosevelt rode into battle at least once.
Megan McClure on Nov 18, 2012
Lincoln was incredibly boring. Old white men deciding the fate of minorities for all time...? Give me a break. I don't subscribe to that crock.
Bruce Lee on Nov 17, 2012
The sad thing is that is still true in Washington...........best reason for term limits
Rosalee Adams on Nov 17, 2012
Doesn't really matter if you subscribe to it, that's the way it is isn't it?
octopus9498 on Nov 18, 2012
Not my favorite Spielburg film... but its still a great film to watch. Well made and Daniel Day Lewis steals it. Did anyone notice that the Daniel Day Lewis is ridding the horse from "War Horse" as he is riding through Petersburg near the end of the film??
Benjamin Moore on Nov 17, 2012
Proud to say I worked on this film. One of the greatest experiences of my life.
Bryan Reynolds on Nov 17, 2012
Just give the man his Oscar right now. He BECAME Lincoln.
Megan McClure on Nov 18, 2012
This movie is poorly made. Contrary to what people are saying, the acting was not very good. There are very few good things about this movie. And I am a huge enthusiast of political films. I was looking forward to seeing this movie for over a year, and feel extremely disappointed now that I've seen it. Some interesting parts, but not a good movie. thumbs down
person on Nov 19, 2012
I thought it was terribly boring. Reminded me of an old television series called, "You Are There". Perhaps Steven watched that as a child which led to this film. I felt the only good thing about it was Day-Lewis's performance.
Dolly on Nov 24, 2012
"the fate of human dignity is in our hands....." puke, give me a break! Sounds a little like "I shall return no matter what occurs!" (Last of the Mohicans) crap hokey sentimental gibberish that detracts from an otherwise almost mediocre slice of Hollywood.
philhippos on Feb 25, 2013
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