Wordy, nationalistic, disappointing, sanitised hagiography of Lincoln
- Lincoln review by PV
I found this movie deeply irritating.
Yes, Daniel Day-Lewis gives a perfect performance of Abe Lincoln - though he doesn't use the N word as he did in real life, and there is no mention of his plan to send blacks back to Africa. There is also an assumption too that the American Civil War was all about slavery, when in fact it was more about control and whether states (incl the southern ones) would be run from the centre (i.e. the north, and Washington).
But what really grates is the fact that the US is portrayed as a beacon of democracy and justice - when in fact in Britain slavery was banned in 1807 and in the 1830s in British colonies. So the USA was well behind the UK in its pursuit of justice, equality and democracy therefore.
The film itself is so wordy - so much so that even I, someone who likes wordy films (and foreign films often are) was bored. It's surprising that Spielberg, the best action director in Hollywood (think Jurassic Park) should make such a movie - which anyway would have been far better suited to a TV mini-series. Arguably, it is all about the division in US society now, and the Obama presidency - so TV would have suited such a subject better.
Disappointing, over-long, boring and verbose - though no doubt a favourite of those studying law - this only deserves 2 stars. I think a lot of people are rating Abraham Lincoln (and expressing anti-slavery pro-equality sentiments) by giving it more. I am rating the film as a film, not the man it portrays.
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- Lincoln review by Rob S
With Steven Spielberg at the helm I had high expectations for this and usually enjoy films covering political history, but sadly I didn't get to the end of this one. It is all about the 13th amendment (abolisition of slavery) and how Lincoln toils with this versus the ongoing North / South civil war. The initial scenes are great with some gruesome battle action and Lincoln in the field speaking to frontline soldiers. After this good start we move to Washington and commence at least 90 mins of mostly men speaking in dark smokey rooms about the issues of the day. It is very dull and unengaging. It is not entertaining at all and became a chore to watch with so little going on (which is why I switched off about 100mins in). The acting is first class as as is the filmmaking itself, but the story and script are tedious. Can't recommend unfortunately.
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