November 18, 2012
In recent years, I have been very skeptical of overtly politically themed movies. Be they based on fact, like this or The Conspirator, or fictional works, like Lions for Lambs, I always suspect am ulterior motive. I cannot say I actually sensed any with Lincoln, but politics are also not something I am terribly knowledgeable about.
Lincoln proved to be an interesting movie, but I felt it came off a little flat. The movie settled into an even pace and never deviated, there was never any variation. I don't know, but there was a distinct lack of ebb and flow.
It is an interesting movie, but not so much for the politicking going on. Although, it was different to see Lincoln as a man not above playing the game and buying votes with job positions and favors. A lot of Lincoln is talking, debates and arguments concerning the 13th Amendment. Anyway, the most interesting thing about this movie is Daniel Day Lewis.
There are few people who disappear into a role like Day Lewis does. He just goes away and all you see is the character. His Lincoln is soft spoken, intelligent, determined, and quite funny. He also loves to tell stories, it seems that he is just as likely to use a parable as he is to tell you straight up. It is a captivating performance and the main reason to see the movie.
I may not love the movie and do not feel I got much more insight into the man, but the movie does have its good points. It has a surprising amount of humor, is shot beautifully by Janusz Kaminski, and the time just sort of flows easily by. It is definitely worth seeing.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 11/18/2012 03:45:00 PM
Labels: 2010s, 2012, Biopic, Critical Capsule, Daniel Day Lewis, Drama, Movie Review, Steven Spielberg, Theatrical Release
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.