Running Time: 150 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is an ambitious, incredibly well acted, and masterfully written, and directed film. Two time Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis pulls off the tough role of Abraham Lincoln with an astoundingly good, Oscar worthy performance. Veteran actors Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones lead a stellar supporting ensemble, and in my opinion have never been better. Lincoln takes place in January 1865, and is about President Lincoln's quest to abolish slavery by getting the 13th amendment passed. Lincoln also focuses on the President's family life with people such as his wife Mary Todd(Sally Field) and Robert(Joseph Gordon Levitt). Lincoln is a great achievement by Steven Spielberg, and deserves all of the awards talk it has been getting. Lincoln is a winner.
I think that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should just hand Daniel Day Lewis the Oscar for Best Actor for his magnificent, and brilliant portrayal of Lincoln. Day Lewis nailed everything, including Lincoln's voice, walk, and expressions. In the supporting cast, Sally Field is great as Mary Todd Lincoln, and is the emotional core of this film. Along with Day Lewis, Field has scenes that are extremely memorable and emotional. Tommy Lee Jones has a smaller supporting role, but his scenes are powerful, and show what a talented actor he is.
Steven Spielberg has not had a critical and commercial hit in a few years, and Lincoln has both critical and commercial respect, having a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score, and making over $80M worldwide(and counting). Spielberg shows the audience that he can direct a film, without CGI, or special effects, that is amazing. Steven Spielberg deserves to win his long overdue second Oscar, for his great achievement with Lincoln that has been twelve years in the making.
My problems with Lincoln are that I found some scenes were a bit long and dreary. I though some scenes could have been cut out of the film, but I do understand that Spielberg had to include them, so that the film would be historically accurate.