Steven Spielberg helms his long-in-the-making biopic of Abraham Lincoln for DreamWorks and Touchstone Pictures. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the former head of state in the Tony Kushner-penned adaptation of Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals, which chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Sally Field leads a co-starring cast that includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Academy Award nominee John Hawkes.
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Well done treatment of historical events. Terrific acting!
An extremely well made film, with wonderful performances. It's exactly what you'd expect from the fantastic talent assembled and it covers an important episode in American history. Watching it is mostly quite entertaining although you are always conscious this is an "important" film.
How was the thirteenth amendment (to abolish slavery) passed, considering it's the height of the Civil War and the South was shedding much blood to keep slavery. There were not enough votes to pass the amendment, yet it passed. How? The film brilliantly reveals the how, something never taught in HS. It does it with suspense, humor and exceptional movie making. Daniel-Day Lewis IS Lincoln, Tommy Lee Jones IS Thaddeus Stevens. Tony Kushner's script is magnificent as is Spielberg's direction. Be warned, though. You must be AWAKE when you see the film. Don't expect some silly action adventure la dee da. If you do, don't go see it. So what if you will miss a fabulous depiction of this amazing time in your country's history. It's only American History, your history; why learn about it? ;-)
Wonderfully acted, down to Earth, and probably Hollywood's most honest portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis owns the roll. Don't listen to the critics who say the movie is stiff or drags on too much. If you're into the subject matter, you'll find yourself very satisfied.