Daniel Day-Lewis in a scene from the movie Lincoln. Supplied by Picselect. Photo: David James, SMPSP ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC.  All Rights Reserved.
Daniel Day-Lewis in a scene from the movie Lincoln. Supplied by Picselect. Photo: David James, SMPSP ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC.  All Rights Reserved. David James

Lincoln, directed by Spielberg, is a history lesson on film

FOUR score and seven years ago ... This famous line of Abraham Lincoln's only makes a cameo appearance in a movie about one of America's most notable presidents.

The film, Lincoln, takes the audience back in time 200 years, with director and producer Steven Spielberg giving the audience as much of the early 1800s as he possibly could.

The movie aims to give viewers an insight into the intellectually tactical mind of the United States president who bought an end to slavery in that country.

But along with the costumes and set designs, the lingo appears to be as authentic as one could imagine. So it takes a while to get used to the difference in language.

And it is quite obvious this is a film by an American for Americans.

If you don't know the history/story behind why Abraham Lincoln is one of the most regarded US presidents of all time before watching this movie, it is advised to read up.

It took about an hour before the story line started clicking together. And once things started clicking into place, it was easier to understand the lingo.

Other than those few things, Sally Field's portrayal of Lincoln's wife, Mary, was very well done.

The portrayal of how politics worked back then (and a lot of the behaviour is still around today) and how young sons wanting to go off to war has forever been breaking hearts of parents.

Tommy Lee Jones' performance as Thaddeus Stevens, the radical Republican Congressional leader, was also outstanding.

Spielberg did a great job with this movie, for a historical drama, but it is not a light, easy to watch film.

Only one thing was missing - a scene depicting an explanation as to why Lincoln felt so strongly about getting rid of slavery.

 

Lincoln

Rating: M

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5



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