Lincoln was such an amazing movie that I really hope my review of it will do it justice. Just look at the picture above of Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln with the smaller picture of the real Abraham Lincoln in the corner. It is absolutely incredible just how Daniel Day Lewis looked and acted like Abraham Lincoln. Ok, so maybe I don’t know what Lincoln acted and sounded like but he was portrayed exactly how I thought he would have been in real life. From the opening scene of the movie I was hooked!
I will admit I don’t usually like movies that are historical like this. I don’t watch war movies. I don’t watch political movies. Give me a good comedy or romance and I’m there. When I originally heard about this movie I really wasn’t interested. And I am embarrassed to admit how little I knew about the actual historical events in Lincoln’s life. But Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a more than a historical movie. It is a piece of cinematic genius. It’s not often that you know the ending of a movie before it even starts and yet you are on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. Lincoln isn’t about all of President Lincoln’s life. It focuses on a period of only a few months when Abraham Lincoln was trying to get the 13th amendment passed to end slavery. We all know what happens- there were enough votes and the 13th amendment passes. But I spent the whole movie on the edge of my seat waiting to see what was going to happen, wondering if they were going to get enough votes. That’s how good of a movie it is!
I saw Lincoln when I was on my LA trip a few months ago and was instantly drawn into the movie. There aren’t many movies that I like to see more than once. I’m just not that type. But I was so excited to have the opportunity to see Lincoln again recently at a local screening. It was even better the second time!
I feel in love with the “characters” and the “story”. Daniel Day Lewis’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln made me wish that Lincoln was alive today. He was just so well spoken and beloved. As serious as the subject was, there were also many witty lines that made me smile and laugh.
Sally Field also gave an incredible performance as Mary Todd Lincoln. She showed the raw emotions of a mother who had lost her child and the strength of a woman married to the President of the United States.
My favorite scene in the movie was probably the most simple yet powerful one. Abraham Lincoln is sitting in the window in a tender moment reading with his son, showing his softer side. It is such a beautiful, touching moment in the middle of all the craziness of the voting and the war.
I truly recommend this movie to all adults, even if you think you don’t like these types of movies.
Don’t Miss This Movie!!!
I am sure grateful that I was given this opportunity to open my mind to other movie genres. Due to the subject matter, slang terms used back in the 1800’s, and some graphic war scenes I suggest only bringing older children.
Here are some previews:
Go behind-the-scenes of the movie with this exclusive interactive book “Lincoln: Discover the Story”
LINCOLN is in theaters now
Disclosure: Thank you to Disney who paid for transportation, food, and accommodations for this event. No other compensation was given. All opinions are 100% my own.