Far from being a traditional biographical drama, Lincoln dedicates itself to doing something very few Hollywood films have ever attempted, much less succeeded at, according to The Hollywood Reporter: “showing, from historical example, how our political system works in an intimate procedural and personal manner.”
The case in point is the passage by the House of Representatives of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, with the principal orchestrator President Abraham Lincoln in the last days of his life.
Tony Kushner’s script is “directed by Spielberg in an efficient, unpretentious way that suggests Michael Curtiz at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, right down to the rogue’s gallery of great character actors in a multitude of bewhiskered supporting roles backing up a first-rate leading performance by Daniel Day-Lewis,” according to one review. “The wall-to-wall talk and lack of much Civil War action might give off the aroma of schoolroom medicine to some, but the elemental drama being played out, bolstered by the prestige of the participants and a big push by Disney, should make this rare film about American history pay off commercially.”
The film concentrates on the tumultuous period between January 1865 and the conclusion of the Civil War on April 9 and Lincoln’s assassination five days later, on Good Friday.
I have been meaning to get around to seeing this film to review it myself. Plans are in the works for that soon.
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