This was another amazing film that I totally loved, and especially because of Daniel Day-Lewis' amazing performance.
Spielberg's magic was at work again, and I felt completely transported back to the time of Lincoln's presidency from start to finish. So glad that Daniel Day-Lewis won the Oscar for best actor in this role. He was just brilliant, bloody brilliant!
Who else saw this movie, and if so, what did you think?
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Post by writerwriting on Oct 9, 2019 7:27:23 GMT -8
I have mixed feelings. I do think they captured some of his personality and physical features so excellently. The actors were top notch particularly Day-Lewis. I enjoyed the off-beat stories he told to make a point (some of which were taken almost word-for-word from historical accounts). As someone who is really into history, the inaccuracy bothered me though. Lincoln was not a true abolitionist. His concern was primarily not for African American people but only for preserving the Union. While he believed on some level that slavery was morally wrong, he did not initially set out to abolish it, and he never thought black and whites should have equal social and political standing as it insinuates near the beginning when talking to the soldiers, so it bothers me they didn't quite capture that aspect of him but strove to make him the "perfect" champion though no doubt God accomplished mighty things through him and the others whatever their personal beliefs. Nonetheless, it is a fictional dramatization and not a documentary. The nearly total focus on the 13th amendment made it need a few liberties to keep from being dull like focusing on Mrs. Lincoln's possible mental illness or Thaddeus Steven's possible relationship with his housekeeper when neither are proven. Liked it overall though and is worth one watch in my opinion.
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