Writer: Tony Kushner (Screenplay) Doris Kearns Goodwin (Book)
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee James, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley
Plot: As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Wonderful History Lesson
Story: Lincoln starts as President Lincoln (Day-Lewis) had just been re-elected as the Civil War was entering its four year. Lincoln wants to push a new constitution through congress which is abolishing slavery he must work with fellow members that have difference in opinions on the matter and we follow Lincoln through the meetings.
We follow as all the different sides of the argument try to put their points forward for and against the idea of the 13th amendment with Thaddeus Stevens (Jones) being the stand out campaigner in favour of the amendment. With the Secretary of State William Seward (Strathairn) pushing through the votes for the undecided.
Lincoln really comes off as a history lesson about one of the greatest leaders in American history. This is a slow moving film but it is also very interesting if you want to learn about President Lincoln. There are a lot of courtroom scenes that comes off slow because you want to see Lincoln giving speeches because each one draws you in. overall this really is just a history lesson that will help you learn more about the great man.
Daniel Day-Lewis: President Abraham Lincoln is the man who fought to campaign for equal rights for all slaves, he is running the country with his speeches and is happy to let his men make things fall into place. Lincoln is arguable the most famous of all Presidents of America and what he achieved will forever be the greatest achievement of any of them. Daniel is incredible in this role where he won his third Oscar.
Sally Field: Mary Todd Lincoln is the wife of Abraham who is still suffering from their lost child as she always wants to stand next to her husband and protect their remaining child. Sally is great in this supporting role
David Strathairn: William Seward is the secretary of defence who has been working with Lincoln to get the votes needed to make the amendment pass. He will stand up to Lincoln when needed showing his strength against the great leader. David is great in this supporting role showing this is what he should be doing in film.
Tommy Lee Jones: Thaddeus Stevens is the one man from the south that agrees with Lincoln, he will stand up in court against any odds for what he believes in to make sure this amendment gets passed. Tommy got himself an Oscar nod in this brilliant supporting performance.
Support Cast: Lincoln has a massive supporting cast that all play different characters that were real people for the time period.
Director Review: Steven Spielberg – Steven is the always reliable director when it comes to telling the story from history.
Biographical: Lincoln takes us to one of the most important moments of Lincoln’s life as he changes history as we know it.
History: Lincoln gives us everything we need to see in a history lesson about the great man.
War: Lincoln is set through the Civil War but we don’t really end up seeing anyone in actual combat.
Settings: Lincoln re-creates the settings to make us look like the time period in question.
Special Effects: Lincoln has great effects to make everything look authentic through the film.
Suggestion: Lincoln is one film that you should watch just to learn about Lincoln. (Watch)
Best Part: Lincoln’s speeches
Worst Part: Courtroom comes off slightly repetitive.
Believability: Based on the real people involved.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Won 2 Oscars and Nominated for 10 more.
Box Office: $182 Million
Budget: $65 Million
Runtime: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Trivia: Every major character in the film was a real person or at least a composite of real figures and the film strives to reflect the actual actions or thoughts of the historical figures.
Overall: Brilliant history lesson but not an easy watch