We went to see the movie Lincoln, a Steven Spielberg film, over the holidays. The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Sally Fields as Mary Todd Lincoln, Hal Holbrook as Lincoln adviser Preston Blair, James Spader as political operative W.N. Bilbo and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens.
course I have to give props to the writers. Tony Kushner's screenplay was
tremendous, and was partly based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of
Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.
of the movie takes place in January 1865, just after Abraham Lincoln was
elected to his second term as president. It was during this time that Lincoln focused
on pushing the 13th Amendment through congress, thereby ending the
Civil War and slavery, and uniting the nation.
My favorite thing about this movie: Lincoln’s
love of words and storytelling, and how it all sounded coming out of Daniel
Day-Lewis’ mouth. Brilliant. Abraham Lincoln often told awkward jokes, went on
random tangents, quoted Euclid and the Bible and any other source that gave
evidence to the lesson he was offering.
Day-Lewis, who normally communicates in a deep baritone, used a high-pitched,
reedy tenor voice in the film. Historical sources indicate that this timbre is
close to the way Lincoln actually spoke. There were plenty of rambling monologues
in the script and Day-Lewis kept my husband and I captivated with this soft,
language and the delivery were magnificent.
Spielberg did a remarkable job with his depiction of our 16th
president. This is one of the most authentic biographical movies I’ve ever
you love lyrical words masterfully woven together by some of the finest actors
and actresses working, then I recommend this movie. If you love action-packed
thrillers with car chases and exploding airplanes, then I do not recommend this
Let me know what you thought of the movie.