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Tom Hanks offers an almost academic, pitch-perfect narration seated near a nice old table, the way Alastair Cooke used to do Masterpiece Theater introductions. (No fireplace though.) With reenactments and commentary by scholars, this is actually a well rendered educational work. I do not care for education-via-reenactment, as I state every time I get a chance. I think it is tawdry, stupid, badly done, nothing more than a stepping stone for whatever it is stepping on the stones.
Here it is done with panache and respect for Lincoln. While I know this is a total tie-in for Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, and I do not begrudge anyone that advantage, this documentary has a zest and accuracy that I really enjoyed. I even loved the man who reenacted the presidential photographer Alexander Gardener, who is the same man who reenacted him in a couple of other Lincoln documentaries from this year and last year.
It was just a bit disappointing that the actor who did Lincoln for all of NatGeo's documentaries wasn't in evidence here ... at least I don't think that was him. But then the emphasis is totally on Booth, not on Lincoln at all. If you wish to see the truth as well as know it, or hear it spoken as they probably did at the time, this is your documentary.Read more ›
Tom Hanks narrated the movie along with scenes that were acted out very well.
I read the book last year and loved it and now the movie is just as good as the book.
If you are interested in how Lincoln was shot and what happened after that, this is the movie to see. It goes in to detail on how the men plotted to kill Lincoln and two other men one was Andrew Johnson. It also shows how John Wilkes Booth was able to escape so he would not be caught.
I though this was a great movie and is one I will watch over again. There is a lot of information in this movie.
Garfield was shot by a jealous madman, and McKinley by an anarchist, but nobody really hears about Leon Czolgosz or Charles Guiteau. The mysterious and endlessly debatable assassination of beloved president John F. Kennedy bears the brunt of the conspiracy theories, ranging from the good, the bad, and the weird. But it is the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth on April 15th, 1865, that is arguably the most romanticized and famous political killing in US history.
For a non-American like me, Killing Lincoln is the perfect blend of information, excellent reenactment, suspense, intrigue, and entertainment. I knew a lot about the assassination of Honest Abe BEFORE I saw the film, but I did not know what went on AFTER the actual shooting at Ford's Theatre at 10:25 AM, April 15th. It turns out that I only knew half the story. The most compelling part of the conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln was, arguably, not Lincoln's actual assassination. It was the slow lead up to it, the conspiratorial meetings, the building obsession of actor John Wilkes Booth, the relatively unknown plan to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward and Vice-President Andrew Johnson (both of which failed), Booth's dramatic escape, the valiant effort of doctors and surgeons to keep Lincoln alive, Booth's hideout and retrospective final days, and his anti-climactic death.Read more ›
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Well done documentary that makes you think about about the similarities with the current political climate.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bill O'Reilly's movie version is very informative, putting the record straight on the events and players in this national tragedy!Published 1 month ago by Douglas Gulledge
Watched as a culminating activity after my students investigated the assassination of President Lincoln. Interesting documentary/movie.Published 1 month ago by Kimberly A. Liston-mccabe
Tom Hanks, as expected, does a superb narration of this historically relevant event.Published 2 months ago by John Fawcett