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Movie Review: ‘Lincoln’

- 'Lincoln' Rated: PG-13 Time: 149 min. My Rating: 3.5/4 stars

Movie Review: ‘Lincoln’

'Lincoln'
Rated: PG-13
Time: 149 min.
My Rating: 3.5/4 stars

Steven Spielberg, arguably one of the best directors of all time, creates another American film classic. Similar to “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Lincoln” comes from a deeper part of Spielberg’s heart. Historical films are his art, and “Lincoln” is another work to add to his collection.
“Lincoln” transports audiences to the middle of the Civil War. President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) has just been re-elected to office. As Lincoln attempts to find a way to end the war, he must also fight with his cabinet over his decision to emancipate the slaves.
Most of politics is smoke and mirrors. No one is ever told the whole truth and no one knows what the president is truly like. Spielberg presents Lincoln as he was: a well-spoken, practical, calm man. Presenting Lincoln realistically enables the audience to identify more with him and his circumstances.
Daniel Day-Lewis does not act as Lincoln; he becomes Lincoln. Every mannerism, the tone of his voice, the way he walked, is all perfected by Day-Lewis. As of right now, I cannot see any other actor winning the Oscar for Best Actor than Day-Lewis in “Lincoln.”
The emancipation is one of the most important events in the history of the United States. It represents the first step in the progression of thinking in this country. Spielberg captures this event in such a way that forces the audience to recognize its importance. Furthermore, as the film progresses, so does the thought process of the characters.
Initially, only Lincoln supported emancipation. By the film’s end, Lincoln gains overwhelming support for the bill.
The only aspect of “Lincoln” that was obviously overdone was the ending. Ten minutes before the film ends, there is a spectacular shot of Lincoln walking away. The film should have ended there. Instead, it dragged on for another 10 minutes, killing the feeling of joy among the audience.
I highly recommend seeing “Lincoln.” It is a red-blooded, American movie that captures the emancipation and Civil War. Hopefully, this is not Spielberg’s last historical epic.
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