Sunday, January 13, 2013

Lincoln (2012)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones

     The movie deals with last days of Abraham Lincoln life. The 16th president is winning the war and he has two choices. To continue the bloody war that took countless of innocent lives and pass his 13th amendment to abolish slavery forever or to sit down with the south representatives, end the war for good but slaves will still be slaves. He faced moral dilemmas, oppositions from both parties but he believed in equalities and freedom. He had to compromise, to get his hands dirty and from the movie you find out that the slavery issues was fought not only on the front lines of the war but in Washington as well. I guess politics was a dirty game and will remain a dirty game and no one played it as well as Lincoln.

     The movie is a project that took Spielberg more than a decade to get right. And he got it right. I went to see the movie because everyone is talking about it and not because I was looking forward to it. I thought the movie will be boring, a history lesson of some sorts and boy was I wrong. It’s an entertaining piece of cinema, superbly acted by Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and many others.
Lincoln is the perfect movie. I gave myself few days before writing this to let things sink in and I really can’t find fundamental flaws. Since I know virtually nothing about the civil war, it made me hungry for more so I bought Ken Burns: The Civil War which came highly recommended.

I don’t know if the movie will be as successful overseas, many will deem it too American I guess. It’s a great film. Period.


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