Release Date in Malaysia: 21 Feb 2013
Genre: Biography, drama, historical, war
Running Time: 150 minutes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones
Synopsis: “Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come” (20th Century Fox).
Verdict: Steven Spielberg bounced back from his predictable direction in War Horse (2011) with this masterfully produced historical epic, fueled by top notch writing of Tony Kushner (not toninkush). Although the film focuses primarily on Abraham Lincoln’s efforts in getting the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution passed, it manages to say all there is to say about the greatness of this iconic figure while intriguing the audience to know more. Daniel Day-Lewis’ brilliant portrayal of the 16th US President captures the man’s admirable personality, dilemmas, inspirational spirit, loneliness and burdens; and the most incredible thing about that is that the actor’s not even an American! Lincoln is engaging from beginning to the end but unfortunately, most general viewers would likely call it a “confusing and boring movie that’s slow and talky”. The only real crucial thing that’s missing in the film is the portrayal of the African Americans. Seriously, where are the suffering, unwell fed, tormented slaves that the titular protagonist tries so hard to help?
Second opinion: “Quite touching, and inspiring” (Iris Loong).
Most hilarious opinion: “This movie is overrated; Christopher Nolan is a better director than Steven Spielberg” (some people on IMDb). What else can these people say? That football’s overrated and Lebron James’ a superior sportsman compared to Lionel Messi?
Favourite scene: [SPOILER ALERT] Thaddeus Stevens (played by Tommy Lee Jones), a lifelong advocate of racial equality and Congressional leader of Radical Republican, goes against his own principles and repeats, “I do not hold with the equality in all things, only with the equality before the law, and nothing more,” when his support for the amendment is questioned. In this scene, he is criticised of “being unworthy of a house representative and a white man” but he pecks back with a smart argument-ending response, “How can I hold that all men are created equal when here before me stands stinking the moral carcass of the gentleman from Ohio? Proof that some men are inferior. Endowed by their maker with dim wits, impermeable to reason, with cold pallid slime in their veins instead of hot red blood. You are more reptile than man, George, so low and flat that the foot of man is incapable of crushing you.” Tommy Lee Jones, with his typical acting, earned him a nomination for the Best Supporting Actor award in the coming Oscars. [SPOILER ENDS]
Rating: 4 / 5
Special thanks to 20th Century Fox yet again for the screening.