|Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Daniel Day-Lewis,|
Steven Spielberg and Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thankfully we do. I saw the film yesterday and couldn't help smiling at the succession of anecdotes the iconic president tells, occasionally to the disgust of his detractors. Beyond that, I found this film, detailing the behind the scenes efforts of the passage of the 13th amendment incredibly moving. From the Saving Private Ryan realism of the Civil War battles to the rip-roaring battles on the floor of the house I was swept away with the passion and the politics of this pursuit. Oh, the epithets they hurled at each other!
Should you see Lincoln? The whole country should see Lincoln. The movie is the work of a master at the height of his career and should be Required Viewing of all American high school students with an open invitation to the rest of the world to see what the fuss is about.
There are numerous reviews (read 'em here) hailing the movie as Oscar worthy and Daniel Day-Lewis as a shoe in for a Best Actor nominaton, and at this precise moment in time, I imagine he will win it. Film buffs and movie critics alike will be talking about Lincoln, about Day-Lewis humanizing of the iconic president, about Tony Kushner's script, about a whole slew of amazing performances including under-rated but always first rate actor David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) as William H. Seward, the likeable Sally Fields gone off the rails as First Lady Mary Todd on the edge (wouldn't you be?) and David Spader fleshing out his resume as the sleazy leader of the band of operatives charged with procuring the needed votes.
|Tommy Lee Jones as Stevens|