“Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.”
I saw this amazing movie 2 months back while on a press junket with Disney in LA and it blew me away.
My above statement is now funny because, when I originally received the notice that the movie Lincoln had been added to our list of previews on my Disney movies trip, my jaw dropped: a boring history movie? I had zero interest and my only hope was that I would not embarrass myself by falling asleep and starting to snore during the movie. I did not know at the time that this movie is partly based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin book, Team of Rivals. I later heard rave reviews from my friends about her books!
It took 1 minute into the movie to see that I was entirely off base. I was mesmerized from the beginning. The movie was fantastic. So amazing in fact that my first question when the screening was over was, was this factually correct? I had no idea the behind the scenes mechanics involved in freeing the slaves. I had no idea how hard Lincoln maneuvered, no idea how hard the Republican party worked, to free the slaves. In light of this week’s election, it is interesting to see the Republican party mechanics of 150 years ago, vs. today, they were amazing! You will not recognize the Republican party of 1865 vs. the Republican party of today, especially as highlighted by this week’s just ended election, this movie’s opening has been timed perfectly so we can view the stark contrast of what will seem like 2 entirely different political parties.
Sally Field was Mrs. Lincoln and her portrayal was fantastic. She was a great choice, Mrs. Lincoln was quite the complex character!
And many have read about Daniel Day Lewis’s portrayal of Lincoln, how hard he studied for the role, and even the pitch of his voice. Did it match Lincoln’s? Was it too high pitched? He had me believing he was Lincoln from the first minute. We expect Daniel Day-Lewis to play a role to perfection, which he did, seemingly with ease. I can see this as being an award winning performance for him.
You may not think a historical movie should be on the top of your must see movie list, but Lincoln will blow you away. Again, I went to see this movie expecting to be bored. I left this movie emotional and anxious to have my son see it, and share it with everyone I know. Spielberg made history come alive for me in a way I did not think possible. That sounds corny but it describes exactly how I felt, I was shocked how riveting the movie was. And then on top of that, the acting was wonderful. My son’s tutor is going this week at my insistence, and I am telling everyone I know to see this movie, I have never done that before!
Lastly, every published review backs me up, this is a riveting, soon to be award winning movie!
LINCOLN (11/9/12 limited, 11/16/12 wide)
Disclosure: Disney invited me on a press junket and paid all of my expenses. No other compensation was received. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.