Posted on November 23, 2012


Lincoln –  Daniel Day-Lewis is remarkable as Lincoln.  It’s 1865 and Lincoln believes in order to move forward, he must get the 13th Amendment, to abolish slavery, passed.   He’s a thinking man, he contemplates his words and actions, he’s philosophical, and a complex man.  You know, just like today’s politicians.  Sally Field, who gained 25 pounds for the role,  plays Mary Todd Lincoln as a strong-willed slightly crazy woman in a complicated marriage.  I like her, I really like her.

 It’s a great history lesson and shows how little we’ve changed in the almost 150 years since.  The government is split for no other reason than party lines.  It was interesting to see that they used their tongues much more effectively than we hear today.  Many times it seemed to be a battle of wits for the sake of oration.  Tommy Lee Jones is wonderful in the part of Thaddeus Stevens.  He wears this awful wig and he even mentions how bad it is.   When he gets ready for bed with his housekeeper, Lydia Smith (S. Epatha Merkerson), he takes the wig off to reveal a very bald head.

 The soundtrack adds a lot and makes you feel you’re a part of the events.  Lincoln’s wisdom is balanced with humor. There are several downright comical moments, too.  Great cast with David Straithairn, Hal Holbrook, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and others.