We watched LINCOLN at the theater. Steven Spielberg directed it, and Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Abraham Lincoln. Sall Field plays Mary Todd Lincoln. The movie starts in January 1865, four months before Lincoln's assassination. For the most part, I enjoyed LINCOLN. The first forty minutes is slow, setting up the plot to follow. But the pace picks up, and the drama of the big vote in the House of Representatives for the 13th Constitutional Amendment is played out well. I liked Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens and James Spader playing a political operative. Lincoln tells some bawdy jokes worth a few laughs. All in all, I liked LINCOLN both for its historical content and entertainment value.
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Published on November 18, 2012 11:35 • 185 views • Tags: characters, ed-lynskey, hardboiled, mystery, noir, romance, suspense, writing
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message 1: by Patti (new)

Patti Abbott Does it sound crazy that I didn't think DDL was all that good? Perhaps it was the blue light he was constantly bathed in. Otherwordly.
Too much reverence for your subject can be your undoingif you are creating art and not an historical record. IMHO.


message 2: by Ed (new)

Ed Patti wrote: "Does it sound crazy that I didn't think DDL was all that good? Perhaps it was the blue light he was constantly bathed in. Otherwordly.
Too much reverence for your subject can be your undoingif you..."


I was drawn more to the minor characters, Patti. Maybe that's why. If AL had lived longer, maybe we'd have wax recordings like of Walt Whitman. I wonder how AL's voice sounded. Midwest twang? High-pitched? As for the historical accuracy, I'm not that familiar with that time period. Reading DKG's book might help, but I'm not sure when I'd read it. Thanks for the comments. Best for your holiday.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert James I loved Lincoln. It was a great movie in that it brought an incredible time in our country's history to light. It was also nice to see a movie that doesn't have to rely on explosions and super heroes to get an audience.


message 4: by Ed (new)

Ed Robert wrote: "I loved Lincoln. It was a great movie in that it brought an incredible time in our country's history to light. It was also nice to see a movie that doesn't have to rely on explosions and super hero..."

Few battle scenes. I liked that part. Folks at the show we went to actually clapped at the end. That doesn't happen too often. Thanks the the comments, Robert.


message 5: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever I liked the scene where President Lincoln wrestled with the choice of whether to pass the 13th amendment or end the war ...could not have both as if the war ended, he might not have the support to pass the amendment


message 6: by Ed (new)

Ed Michele wrote: "I liked the scene where President Lincoln wrestled with the choice of whether to pass the 13th amendment or end the war ...could not have both as if the war ended, he might not have the support to ..."

Right. AL was quite a political operator, shrewd and wily. Worth seeing again sometime.


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