“Lincoln,” released on Oct. 8, 2012, was one of the most gratifying films of the year. With the excellent cast and historical accuracy, this movie generated a lot of respect for the director, Steven Spielberg. I feel like Daniel Day-Lewis portrayed Lincoln fantastically as a disciplined, concentrated, and enthusiastic man; he basically became one with the character, leaving the audience with a sense of truth of how President Lincoln really acted as they were a first hand witness to history.
The movie mainly deals with the political intensity with the passage of the controversial 13th Amendment and doesn’t focus that much on Lincoln’s presidency. Seeing how much pressure Lincoln was under while president was astounding. He had to beg and persuade members of the House of Representatives to gain the necessary votes needed to pass this amendment. This film, as bold as America itself, exceeds the viewer’s expectations at every level.
The movie review by Chris Jenness entitled “Superb Acting Just the Start in Lincoln” (Clarion, Dec. 27, 2012) is an excellent review, however omits one important point. The movie watcher, including myself, for a brief two and a half refreshing hours, is reminded of the feeling of being an American; free of present day political spin, and the often times vile partisan rhetoric.