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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, Powerful, Spielberg's Best Film In A Long Time, 1 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Lincoln (Blu-ray) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
The danger of a film such as Lincoln is that you risk making a film more concerned with the legend rather than an honest depiction of the man and reality but Lincoln doesn't fall into this trap and, for its subject matter, is an enthralling tale. Steven Spielberg likewise hasn't made a truly great film in years; War Horse for me suffered in part from a complete lack of sublety though the visuals triumphed and here he comes across very restrained. 'Lincoln' ironically is a rather misleading title because like 'Zero Dark Thirty', it is more of a historical account of the ending of slavery in the United States rather than a biopic of the man himself. This is perhaps the most talky of the Best Picture nominations this year but it is enthralling, occassionally tense and quite funny and as much as Spielberg deserves credit, equal credit goes to the cast. Daniel Day Lewis again delivers in one of the most extraordinary performances in motion picture history and boasts an almost devine presence as the famed American President. This is easily Steven Spielberg's best film in years; powerful, haunting as if you're looking into the past and watching history unfold. Like Schindler's List, you can almost imagine Lincoln ending up as essential viewing in American schools in the years to come but for the casual viewer this is a well made, albeit long film that is superbly acted, surprinsly funny but ultimately very satisfying.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2013 16:50:05 GMT
Bookworm says:
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Posted on 9 Mar 2013 22:00:16 GMT
Joe Bloggs says:
If anyone thinks that Lincoln went into the civil war because he wanted to end slavery, then they really are fooled by this tosh. Lincoln's comments about black people were less than complimentary. Speilberg putting his usual 'I'm making a film with a social conscious about downtrodden people' stamp on things.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 19:37:44 GMT
Dickie says:
I'm not reviewing the DVD set but reviewing the film which anyone can do if they've seen it and since I've seen it I'm entitled to review it and will do so.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2013 04:12:00 BDT
Dickie says:
But that is not at all what either happens in the film nor is portrayed. Lincoln is not portrayed as a pro-equality advocate much like Oscar Schinlder wasn't portrayed as a closet pro-Jew Nazi in Schindler's List. As I've said in my review there is a danger that you risk portraying the legend rather than the man and I don't see how anyone can say that Spielberg has made that film. Lincoln is merely portrayed as a pragmatic politician willing to play the game of politics to end what many considered to be the biggest obstacle for lasting peace, Tommy Lee Jones' character is the pro equality advocate who even has to back down on that to get the law passed. Spielberg is most certainly overly sentimental in his films but here he is surprisingly restrained.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Apr 2014 05:45:56 BDT
Indeed. The eloquent speeches made by the black foot soldier and housemaid made me gag. Lincoln embraced ant-slavery to appease the anti-slavers in the North and keep Britain out of the war about which many Americans are deceived, deliberately deceived or even prefer to be deceived. It wasn't even a "civil" war. No one in the South wanted to depose the Government in the North. It is more aptly called "The War of Southern Independence"

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Apr 2015 14:09:56 BDT
I agree! Spielberg just cannot seem to resist ladling on the syrup!
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