The reviews are out and as Lincoln premieres in theaters tomorrow November 9th 2012 (limited release), critics have already set the score to Steven Spielberg’s new film. Garnering 92% fresh ratings at Rotten Tomatoes, Lincoln is yet another addition to the wonderful films that Spielberg has directed. This new movie is based on the book about Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin called “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis plays Lincoln and Sally Field stars as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Below please check out a movie review of Lincoln, written by Owen Glebeirman:
“Lincoln: A Dream of History Foretold
As the title character of Steven Spielberg’s solemnly transfixing Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis is tall and elegantly stooped, with thatchy gray-black hair, sunken cheeks, and a grin that tugs at the corners of his mouth whenever he tries to win someone over by telling them a good story (which is often). Day-Lewis looks so much like the photographs of Abraham Lincoln that you don’t have to squint, even a bit, to buy that it’s him. He nails Lincoln’s thousand-yard stare — a gaze directed at once inward (at the whir of his own mental machinery) and outward (at the cosmic hum of history). Day-Lewis’ performance has a beautiful gravitas, yet there’s nothing too severe about it. He gives Lincoln a surprisingly plainspoken, reedy high voice that retains the courtly cadences of the South. That voice — from everything we know, it’s quite accurate — makes Lincoln sound like Will Rogers as a professor of human nature. This Lincoln lives deep inside his own unruly-haired head, yet he loves the people around him, even the ignorant (and racist) common folk, who repay the favor by loving him back. And that’s where he draws his political force.
Lincoln, which Spielberg has directed from a lyrical, ingeniously structured screenplay by Tony Kushner, is one of the most authentic biographical dramas I’ve ever seen. But that doesn’t mean it’s a stiff-jointed history lesson. The movie is grand and immersive. It plugs us into the final months of Lincoln’s presidency with a purity that makes us feel transported as though by time machine. (Kushner is the husband of EW columnist Mark Harris.)
Most of the film unfolds in January 1865, shortly after Lincoln’s reelection, when he knows that the North is going to win the Civil War. The real battle for him now is the fight against slavery. Three commissioners from the Confederacy head up to Washington City, and Lincoln is confident that he could have their surrender within a week. But before that can happen, he is driven to pass the 13th Amendment, which would outlaw slavery. The Democrats hate the amendment, and even Lincoln’s liberal Republican comrades want him to delay the vote. Only Lincoln grasps the stakes: that once the Civil War is over, the amendment won’t pass — it will be blocked by the Southern states. Winning the war could prove a Pyrrhic victory. Only by threading the amendment through the eye of a legislative needle can he alter the course of history.”
You can read the rest of the review at Entertainment Weekly
Catch Lincoln in theatres tomorrow Friday, November 9th 2012 or watch out for it on its wide release on November 16th 2012!
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