Writen by Tony Kushner
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis
This film is simply good without argument or bias. Steven Spielberg is an amazing director but this film has the potential to be his historical film that lasts through time. About one of this nations greatest leader, this film creates a much stronger understanding of what was so confusing yet ingrained in our national history. Slavery is a hard issue to talk about, especially in America, and this film does it’s best to honestly represent the culture and feeling of the time period.
The film has an all-star cast. This is not just a film directed by Steven Speilberg, which is enough to make it an instant classic. Daniel Day-Lewis portrays Lincoln in this film with such subtlety and grace while being surrounded by a cast of characters. Sally Fields, Joseph Gorden-Levitt, James Spader, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace & Jared Harris all add an perfect backdrop to the film.
The film runs like a play and each scene is smoothly crafted to deliver a message to the audience about the time and place and situation Lincoln was in. This film is very much centered on Lincoln and his desire to legally and legitimately pass the amendment that freed the slaves in America.
Interestingly, as you watch the film you might find yourself drawing pop culture references and making connections with current events with the films historical subject matter. Its odd to think that a film such as this would have relevance to our culture today but it’s a testament to how deeply ingrained these historical events play out in our daily lives.
Top 5. This one was a slam dunk before it even hit theatres. Spielberg and Day-Lewis together make history come alive with this amazing film about Lincoln.