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Lincoln
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Apr 12, 2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Steven Spielberg

Actors:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Sally Field
Tommy Lee Jones

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A look at President Abraham Lincolnís struggle to stop the Civil Warís bloodshed and convince his peers to get on board with giving freedom to the slaves.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iím a big fan of the History Channel. I love juicy documentaries that highlight details of known (or unknown) people of interest. Thereís almost always a handful of uncelebrated secrets to take away that enrich the experience. I didnít feel that way about LINCOLN. Lincolnís 13th amendment is a pivotal part of history, and I applaud that, sincerely. But did we need an over-indulging two and a half hour movie about it? Not really. Maybe itís because Iím not Americanóthat quip from Logan to Striker where he says, ďIím Canadian,Ē comes to mind. Or maybe itís because I recently watched ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER which is nowhere near the same thing, but is still a movie about Abraham Lincoln. Iím not exactly sure of the reason, but I just didnít find this film to be the gushing pool of awesomeness people would have me believe it is.

That said, this flick does have merit. The scenery, wardrobe and overall time period look amazing. Clearly someone knew exactly what to bring to the table in that department. I wish more time was spent in the field, or anywhere other than a room full of one (or several) old guys bickering back and forth. After the grumpy cat joke with Tommy Lee Jones, I canít help but laugh every time I see him as a picture of that catís face lights up in my head. So if you decide to make the journey through this movie and you feel itís starting to drag, make a drinking game out of it and take a shot every time Tommy Lee Jones reminds you of grumpy cat. I promise youíll be having a blast soon enough.

LINCOLN is exactly what you think it isóa film that does itís best to celebrate a piece of our history/heritage, while at the same time trying to add enough Hollywood glamor to deem a film necessary. I wonít say this is good or bad. It just happens a lot in Hollywood. Daniel Day-Lewis is awe-inspiring as Abe Lincoln. That much does deserve tribute. I donít see Lewis here, I see the former President. What a transformation. His mannerisms, speeches, featuresóI swear if he were standing next to the real Lincoln people would be hard pressed to guess which was which. The tone and cinematography feel like Spielberg to a point, but having heard that it took three rewrites to even land Daniel Day-Lewis makes me wonder what this looked like two versions agoóeven Spielberg himself says itís nothing like his original vision. Hmm, kinda makes you wonder.
THE EXTRAS
The Journey to Lincoln: Steven Spielberg and crew roll out the red carpet for the filmís into and then talk about the key factors that brought it to life. Lewis was the most enthusiastic.

A Historic Tapestry: Richmond, Virginia: A four minute fluff piece on why they shot this bad boy in Richmond Virginia. I think they could have made it look the part nearly anywhere.

In the Company of Character: Every lines up to suck each others, well, you know, but the only one truly deserved of this praise is Daniel Day-Lewis. You know what they say, modesty will get you everywhere.

Crafting the Past: As I mentioned in the review, this is one of the aspects that this film nailed. They donít go too much into detail, but again, the details are evident in the film.

Living with Lincoln: Spielberg and crew illustrate how dedicated they were to making this adventure feel as legit as possible. Lewis rocked it. Maybe this is why it took three drafts to create? But then again, the plot details are part of history, so it shouldnít have been overly difficult.

In Lincolnís Footsteps: Here we highlight the score and some of the smaller details that made this film shine, like the grumpy cat drinking game! No, just kidding, but wouldnít that have been a hilarious Easter Egg?

Previews: Thereís a slew of trailers, BD-LIVE content, as well as a DVD and Digital Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wouldnít call this a boring movie or a waste of anyoneís time. Like I said, itís exactly what you think it is and if you know youíll like that sort of thing, then this movie is for you. If youíre not a History buff, donít surf the History channel, hate documentaries and arenít interested in Abeís presidency, itís safe to say you should seek your entertainment elsewhere.
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6:39PM on 04/12/2013
I am American, and I agree with your assessment entirely! While the performances were by and large good (to fantastic), the script was all over the place with too many one-off scenes that went nowhere and served no purpose.
I am American, and I agree with your assessment entirely! While the performances were by and large good (to fantastic), the script was all over the place with too many one-off scenes that went nowhere and served no purpose.
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1:10PM on 04/12/2013
Totally agree, this movie was a borefest and never should have been made, let alone get the kind of praise it got.
Totally agree, this movie was a borefest and never should have been made, let alone get the kind of praise it got.
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2:38AM on 04/12/2013
I got the same vibe about this movie from the get go. Did it really need to be made? Also did it need to be made by one of the greatest directors of our generation? Sure he has made much better historic films like Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan & Munich. The difference was they still had a bit of fiction & parts people did not know about. By now everyone knows about Lincoln as one of the greatest presidents & his impact historically. It's easy to see how Argo was able to beat it out
I got the same vibe about this movie from the get go. Did it really need to be made? Also did it need to be made by one of the greatest directors of our generation? Sure he has made much better historic films like Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan & Munich. The difference was they still had a bit of fiction & parts people did not know about. By now everyone knows about Lincoln as one of the greatest presidents & his impact historically. It's easy to see how Argo was able to beat it out for best picture & why only DDL deserved the Oscar.
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