Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, John Hawkes, Jackie Earle Haley, Bruce McGill, Tim Blake Nelson, Joseph Cross, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Peter McRobbie
Plot: In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavours to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.
Review: Its not often you get asked to actually review a film before it comes out but I was really looking forward to this film, I thought a star laden epic bio pic, and a love of History would be enough to keep me enthralled by this cinematic masterpiece.
Unfortunatley it wasn’t to be, but before you shoot me for being a philistine, lets look at the film itself.
Luckily there weren’t any vampires in this one, it was serious look at Lincoln himself and the people and events in 1865 coming toward the end of the American Civil war, Daniel Day-Lewis is just uncanny as Lincoln How can someone look so like another person is amazing, also they way he acted the part of Lincoln is just flawless.
The scenery the costumes were out of this world and there is a fantastic supporting cast who carried the film along.
So why was it not for me? Well I think it has a lot to do with the political ins and outs of the era, political history was never for me. Not even English Politics it bores me rigid, I think this was the issue the opening credits showed the battle of Gettysburg which was promising start for me then it quickly turned into the political bio pic that it is, this unfortunately couldn’t keep me entertained for more than the first half hour, I was confused [doesn’t take much] and started to get bored.
With that said, this is another outstanding Spielberg production well edited fantastic lighting and camera work, acting was first rate.
Just not for me I’m afraid maybe if I watch it again it would be different, maybe not.
8/10 If you like politics and lengthy dialogue then this is for you