Lincoln

Friday, December 09 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Lincoln

JOY REVIEW

Daniel Day Lewis is transcendent in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which looks at the time after his second election and before his assassination and the surrender of the South.  The tension here, which seems very modern in the movie, is Lincoln feels on one hand he needs to end the war and on the other that he needs to sign the emancipation proclamation, which wont happen once the war is ended.  He realizes the only way to get it passed through the House, it already passed through the Senate, is to describe it as a way of speeding up the war and to bring the South to their knees.  It’s terrifically well done and the supporting cast is terrific with James Spader, John Hawkes who was in Sessions and Winter’s Bone, Stephen Spinella, David Strathairn, and Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln.  My only real complaint is that it is too long at two and a half hours.  The movie also explores the relationship between Lincoln and his sons, with Joseph Gordon Levitt playing Robert, although this is more a political story and it really would have been best served had they left these scenes out.  Tommy Lee Jones is also terrific in this, but it is really Daniel Day Lewis’ movie.  You will never look at Lincoln the same way again.  Four Stars

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