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My “Lincoln” review (a.k.a. No vampires, but extra Daniel Day-Lewis)

November 9th, 2012 by Rick Marshall · 1 Comment ·

This week, I reviewed Steven Spielberg’s new film, “Lincoln.” Two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis plays Abraham Lincoln in the movie, which chronicles the period of time midway through the Civil War when the 16th President was trying to push through the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would outlaw slavery.

It’s a fantastic film that’s basically just a very long pitch to give Day-Lewis another Oscar — and in this case, that’s a good thing. He’s amazing in the film, and outshines some great performances by an all-star cast that includes Tommy Lee Jons, Sally Field, James Spader, and many, many other actors you will recognize instantly.

Here’s an excerpt from my review that explains one of the only real flaws I found in the film:

Clearly a passion project for Spielberg, Lincoln is a film made by and for history buffs – something that works to both its benefit and detriment at various times. Much like he’s done with so many other films, Spielberg has a knack for finding the most compelling character arcs history has to offer and making the theater a classroom of sorts. The lesson in American history taught by Lincoln isn’t as subtle as the one found in Saving Private Ryan, but the movie does a nice job of staying in mainstream territory rather than veering into hardcore historical-drama turf.

Still, Spielberg’s in-depth knowledge of the subject matter occasionally leads to some glossing-over of character relationships and the political architecture of the time, which could be confusing to some audiences. With the shifting alliances between parties and politicians playing a major role in the film’s drama, certain moments lose their punch if you don’t have a firm grasp on the hierarchy of key players in American history or the balance of power at the time.

You can read the rest of the review — which spends a lot of time reiterating how amazing Day-Lewis is in the film — over at DigitalTrends.com.

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