On November 16, 2012 the long awaited film Lincoln was released. The film portrays the life of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in the 1800s. It begins with Lincoln proposing the idea of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which would abolish slavery in the United States, and it takes the viewer through the amendment process from the eyes of the President, Congress members and civilians.
This movie takes the viewer back in time and lets them into the mind of our 16th President. It also shows the extreme tension that existed within Congress, and how hard it was for the amendment to pass.
It shows the struggle that Lincoln went through during the war after the loss of his son and it reveals many things about his personality. For example, throughout the movie, Lincoln tells stories to get his point across to his peers and frequently visits battle zones, showing his compassion. This truly adds to the overall plot because it makes you feel like you know the President on a personal level.
Although the film is very well made, it is abnormally long at three hours in length, which at times made the movie a little tedious.
Even though you know the end result of the movie from the beginning, it is still able to create an aspect of suspense and excitement through the emotion of the characters and by making it seem like the amendment might now pass. Overall, Lincoln was a spectacular film that correctly displayed our country’s history and received all the acclaim that it deserved.
The actors in this film truly take on the roles of their characters, making for an even better movie experience. Due to their superior acting, the audience is constantly immersed in the movie. Daniel Day-Lewis was especially good in his role.
The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was played by Daniel Day-Lewis and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was played by Sally Fields. So far this film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.
by Cammy Murray