Tuesday, April 30, 2013

One Minute Movie Review: Lincoln

This, by far, may be one of Spielberg's greatest accomplishments as it powerfully and eloquently portrays the finest President of our exceptional nation, a man who defined integrity, strength, conviction decided statesmanship, and his dedication to the proposition that all men are created equal.   Oh, how we long for such leaders today.  It is also Daniel Day Lewis crowning performance as he has forever identified himself with Lincoln as no one else has or could.  Forever engraving in the audience a picture of this extraordinary leader that will have no equal earning him an overwhelmingly deserved Oscar.    The remaining cast is superb, playing off each other with profound authenticity and depth.   Whether it's Field's endearing, but tragic Molly or Jones' unwavering and uncompromising abolitionist, every member of this troop gives everything leaving nothing on the table and it radiates on screen.  Unfortunately, the unnecessary amount of misplaced profanity lessens this otherwise awe inspiring picture.   Based partly on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, the story is heavy and quite lengthy, but utterly immerses the viewer in all the possible and actual trials and tribulations required to pass the 13th Amendment   With less of a focus on the war and quest for peace, Lincoln, sets its sights on the moving interpersonal relationships that both adamantly supported and bitterly opposed this historic moment of freedom.    The plot is magnificently supported by a haunting score, masterful costume design, and sweeping cinematography.  Lest we forget what freedom is, and the cost in striving for it, we will surely lose it.  4 out of 5 Kernels; a movie for the ages about a President who defined everything that was and is great about our country and reminds us all about the significance and importance of true character.  

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