I was adamant from the moment that Stephen Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ was announced, that I would most definitely see it, and was confident that I would enjoy it (and I am extremely assured, after leaving the cinema only an hour ago) . It was fantastically theatrical and handsomely filmed, although you would expect nothing more from Spielberg. It depicts the nest that white politicians had created for themselves, and the brutality of the civil war during that period of time. These contradictory images balance into the perfect viewing experience.
The script is so satisfyingly artful and exhilarating, it is by far one of the best that I have heard in a long time, although I may not be a decent measure, as I hold no great understanding of the work of scripts. The dialogue is intelligent and well thought out, making the movie have an even bigger impact on the audience.
Daniel Day-Lewis is incredibly inspiring, embodying the role of Abraham Lincoln perfectly, there is not a shadow of disbelief, from my behalf, of his Oscar nomination, and this film makes me back him for it completely. Mediocre acting was nowhere to be found in this film. Tommy Lee Jones was fantastic, once again delivering his heartfelt lines with such character and meaning that it made me feel incredibly euphoric and enlightened (cheesy but true). I was also once again surprised by the skills of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In fact, the whole cast and crew proved expert work in this film that was both provocative, involving and touching.
The score was moving, and written appropriately for each scene, but you would expect that from the moving-scoring master, John Williams. This score does not have the same themed feel that perhaps Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws or Jurassic Park had, however, it still stirred many emotions and was most definitely memorable.
Although this film may not be entirely historically accurate, Spielberg has mastered the balance between accuracy and enjoyment in this eye opening bio-pic. I am not surprised with the amount nominations that this film has received, and I am pretty sure this will go down as a classic. This film is entirely patriotic to America, and any political structure for that matter. Although it is clear this film will be more widely accepted and appreciated in America, it does not mean that others will not enjoy it. A must see.