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Lincoln (2012)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader

In 1865 the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. This historical piece of legislation was written to end slavery and all other forms of involuntary servitude. Behind this amendment was Abraham Lincoln, a newly reelected President in the middle of the American Civil War. To pass the amendment Lincoln would have to use every bit of cunning, influence, trickery, and political force he had. He would have to rely on men he surrounded himself with as he sought to pass the law and end the war.

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When a film maker decides to tackle someone as revered as Abraham Lincoln they’ll need to be almost perfect. Who better to take on such an assignment than Steven Spielberg (Schindler’s List). Lincoln is based partially on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln written by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The film features a cast full of big names. Stars include Daniel Day-Lewis (In the Name of the Father), Sally Field (Forrest Gump), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), and James Spader (Sex, Lies, and Videotape) just to name a few.

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This movie is a powerful tribute to a great figure in the history of America. The movie brings together the history of those times and great acting from today to tell a powerful and important story. Daniel Day-Lewis anchors an amazing cast with a role that might surpass anything he has done previously. His style of acting took him deep inside of this important and often misunderstood figure. The end result is a performance that honored one of the most revered Presidents in American history.

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Alongside Day-Lewis is a group of amazing actors who brought the rest of this story to life. It would be impossible to name each of them since the movie brought together dozens of familiar faces. Sally Field should be recognized for her powerful performance as the troubled Mary Todd Lincoln. Her performance really stood up well next to Daniel Day-Lewis, and there was an odd and wonderful chemistry between the two of them.

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Movies can be powerful when a huge cast of big names come together and deliver with this much chemistry, James Spader, David Strathairn, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are just a few of the other stars of this great movie. Also featured is the young Gulliver McGrath, known for his work in the hit film Hugo. Together, all of these actors brought out the essence of the story with grace and honor.

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There are a number of other aspects of this movie that shouldn’t be ignored. John Williams put together an amazing score to back up the film. The cinematography and set design were also amazing. The costumes and makeup also added to the film with great success. This is just a wonderfully well-rounded movie.

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If you can’t tell, I really love this movie. I think it might be on the fast track to earning a few big Oscars this award season. (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Score) If you haven’t seen this movie, I would advise you not to miss out on a powerful story. The acting and all the other aspects of the film come together wonderfully. I give this one 5 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 150 minutes


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