Movie Review: Lincoln
NOTE: THIS IS JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION, AND DOES NOT REFLECT ANYONE ELSE’S. I AM NOT WORKING FOR ANY ORGANISATIONS. THIS REVIEW IS NOT MEANT TO HARM THE FILM’S PERFORMANCE AT THE BOX OFFICE, AND IS JUST PURELY MY THOUGHTS ON THE FILM. THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN MINOR SPOILERS WHICH MIGHT DISRUPT YOUR VIEWING EXPERIENCE.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures domestically, and 20th Century Fox internationally
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Duration: 150 min
A pleasing movie which is a true story based on Abraham’s Lincoln struggle to abolish slavery with the 13th amendment and to end the American Civil War, Steven Spielberg does yet another good job portraying the inner struggles of Lincoln, while shedding light on his personal life. Daniel Day-Lewis also does a good job playing the iconic president. This show definitely should receive awards (not that it hasn’t).
The beginning is definitely a good start to an impressive movie, but it does not really capture the audience’s attention. The starting scene is unclear at times, and really can be improved.
The drama really starts to unfold, and the struggle which Lincoln faces is clearly expressed here. Lincoln is seen to be faced with ridicule, trying to abolish slavery in the country, which creates an uproar, especially among the Democrats. The flow of the story might lag behind or drag slightly, but at the house, it really creates a strong feeling that nobody wants to abolish slavery, with the outcomes it can bring. An impressive build-up, to end it.
The ending really is satisfying to me, after the struggles well-portrayed in the show and all. Everyone is happy, which also kind of makes me feel happy, and the whole show really ends off well, after so much persuasion.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT- 18/20
Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones both had their characters play out against each other well, and we can see their nature easily (Abraham Lincoln was a determined person). Sally Field’s character, Mary Todd Lincoln, had sufficient character development, especially in their conversations with Lincoln, but they could have went in deeper to explore her relationship with others.
COSTUME DESIGN/ BACKGROUND/ PRODUCTION DESIGN/ MAKEUP/ VFX- 7/10
All I have to say about this one is that Daniel Day-Lewis really looked like the real Lincoln, and credit should be given to the make-up artist. The costume design is still OK, along with the production design (the taste inside the rooms really look nostalgic)
Steven Spielberg really did an impressive job trying to make this film’s storyline flow.
Really good soundtrack there.
Daniel-Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones really portrayed their characters well, and showed just the right emotions. I can’t deny that the rest also did well, but Sally Field really exaggerated her part slightly (her expressions). Its well done, overall.
LAGS IN STORYLINE?- 9/10
Not really visible, so well done once again.
Look forward to the review for Gangster Squad and Fast and Furious 6, which will arrive later today or tomorrow!
This picture is owned by Walt Disney Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, Reliance Entertainment, Participant Media, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Source of movie poster is http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/first-bland-bw-poster-for-steven-spielbergs-lincoln-revealed/
Movie Trailer is obtained from lincolnmovie (youtube page)