This weekend Adam and I decided to FINALLY go see the movie Lincoln. I can’t believe it was still showing in the theater considering it premiered almost 2 months ago (Nov 16th). I’m so glad that it was though because it’s definitely a movie worth seeing.
I don’t know much about Daniel Day-Lewis (the guy who plays Lincoln). I looked up his IMDb page and I haven’t seen anything that he has played in. Well I did kind of see Gangs of New York. It was so gory though that I didn’t watch much of it so that doesn’t really count. He was amazing as Lincoln. I now 1000000% stand behind my prediction that he will win for Best Actor at the Oscars. How could he not? His portrayal of Lincoln was so great. The way he walked, talked, moved, and acted I complete forgot that he WASN’T Abraham Lincoln. I love when a character is so well played that you forget who the actors are behind those characters.
The supporting actors deserve a lot of credit as well. I loved Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in this movie. I had NO IDEA that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was playing the Lincoln’s son. Such a great cast!!
I don’t think you need to be a history buff to like this movie. It’s about human rights, equality, and a man that fought until his last breath for those things. He knew that taking the easy road wasn’t always the best choice. Instead of choosing between ending the war or ending slavery he chose to do BOTH. It was a race against time to get the Amendment ending slavery passed before there was peace and the southern states blocked it’s passage. I can’t imagine the choice that had to be made to sacrifice more lives lost in the war to save even more by ending slavery. This movie shows how much this issue weighed on Lincoln and how much he believed that everyone should be treated equally. It shows the very real personal side of how our Presidents are faced with insurmountable challenges and the burdens that they carry as commander in chief.
This movie gave me a new perspective on politics and that there isn’t always an easy answer or solution to the big problems of this world.
I would definitely watch this movie again and again. It’s one of those movies that if your mind wonders for even a moment you will miss something because it is full of great dialog. So I think when I watch it again I will pick up even more about this story that I missed the first time.
Have you seen Lincoln? What were your thoughts?