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5 Spielberg thumbs UP-- WAY UP,
This review is from: Lincoln (DVD)
Historians will enjoy. Fictional portrayal as real as it can get. Lincoln, the man & his troubles in the last days. Spielberg sprays his magic wand glitter over every aspect of this film.
Cast is outstanding;
cinematography is spellbinding in itself,
the music period precision,
costuming exacting right down to the sweat and body odor.
Story is compelling and edgy.
However, I found myself laughing heartily during strange moments at very funny lines mixed into the dialogue of late Civil War days. It points to just how much of the black prejudice story has remained constant. Congress fights with words and actions, with little based on ethic . . . sound familiar. I don't know if the screen play/book writers deserve that credit or did Spielberg touch those aspects too?
I'll refrain from reviewing the book here. This is the film/DVD listing. This film adaptation will be a blockbuster.
DVD SUBTITLES in English, Spanish, and French.
Much will be said of the near perfection in stature and acting of Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal of Lincoln. He plays the statesman, the angry husband, Christian, a manipulator, and a heart-wrenching depiction of loving father. Crawling on the floor to his sleeping son before the fire hearth brings a near tear.
Sally Fields gives what surely will be a nominated performance as Lincoln's wife, elevating her acting career to another new height.
The list of stars and significant performance highlights is endless. It's impossible to cover all that happens in this 2 ˝ hour film that moves with such suspense and action that it seems less than half that length. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll beg for more when the credits roll.
Set in 1865, almost 150 years ago, but this film puts you right there in Lincolns chair, his office, his boots and hat, most convincingly. Lincoln will win you over, even if he has to pay for your support. He's obsessed, just like I am at now wanting to OWN this production, even though I watched it just yesterday in the opening theater matinee. It's that good.
If you liked WAR HORSE, you'll like LINCOLN.
Different wars, same director/producer. This historical drama is a heart drama, and regardless of age, your heart will be touched in some way.
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Initial post: Dec 22, 2012 11:08:57 PM PST
I couldn't agree more with at the i really wished the movie didn't end this is one of the greatest films i've ever seen!
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Harold Wolf says:
You are right, DaliDrama, in that thinking many historian will/do not like this film. But then, as I believe it was the writer has stated, this is not a history documentary, it is historical drama. It's made to entertain, not teach history. If someone desires a history lesson on Lincoln and the Civil War era, there are thousands of films and books already provided.
Like War Horse, it was not about WWI, more about the stamina and determination of a horse. The battles and humans just helped tell an animal story--to entertain.
Glad you too could find the goodness of the movie Lincoln, regardless of the historical alterations made for "special effects."
Bottom line is, don't miss a viewing, and see it for what it is, entertainment done very, very well. Some award winning acting. I loved Fields, she amazed me, but I guess not so much with other viewers, and the award voters.
Les Mis ranks in there too, excellent historical drama, fine acting, but some of the details altered for current day entertainment.
Posted on Mar 15, 2013 8:24:46 AM PDT
Bill Stockstill says:
Posted on Apr 7, 2013 9:06:46 AM PDT
"Spielberg sprays his magic wand glitter over every aspect of this film."
Well, he sprays something over it, but it has a more agricultural smell.
Spielberg was the wrong guy to make this film. He does not understand the period, or the material. Out of great material in Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, he makes a plodding, clumsy, witless, 2 - 1/2 hour snoozefest that even DDL's acting cannot save.
With a script by Aaron Sorkin, and direction by Kenneth Branagh, this could have been a great film.
Prediction: a year from today, almost nobody will be renting this film.
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Bill Stockstill writes, "This supposed to be a product review, not a film critique." Well, ideally it should be both. But, where is it written that Amazon movie reviews must refrain from critiquing a film? On the other hand, I agree with you, Bill, that I always look for the Amazon movie reviews that tell me something more detailed about the picture and sound quality. Packaging observations too can prove to be a deal maker / breaker for more collectors, too.
Posted on Dec 10, 2014 2:31:39 AM PST
How did you get so many *yes* votes I find that rather strange. No other five star review has this many votes. Something is suspicious here.....
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