Lincoln Movie Review


Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures.

Seven score and seven years ago a man was able to stop terrible fighting within a nation over an issue of inequality. Steven Spielberg, one of the most renown film directors of the time, and Doris Kearns Goodwin have achieved a task of immeasurable difficulty: making President Lincoln come alive and reenacting one of the most pivotal points in our nations history.

You might think a movie about Lincoln would be a boring documentary with still pictures panning in and out and a historian’s boring voiceover. Daniel Day-Lewis, who fits the role perfectly, plays Lincoln and Sally Field plays the First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln.  All of the arguments that are recorded to have happened between them are recreated throughout the film. David Strathairn plays the Secretary of State William H. Seward. To top it all off, the music is done by John Williams who perfectly matches it to the mood in every scene.

Fitting with all of the great movies in the past few years, at 150 minutes, it is fairly long. The scenes in the White House are a bit drawn out brining a pause to the constant drama that happens in the House of Representatives. Lincoln is a must see for anyone who is interested in one of the most important people in our nation’s history. Even though you may know his story from history class, you will be on the edge of your seats throughout this masterpiece.

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