Lincoln is not a for the masses
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is one of the best acted, best written, best directed movies of the year. With a script by Tony Kushner, which is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, this film puts history in the right perspective and shows a view of the man and his politics that we have not seen before. Still this is not an action film but rather a dialogue-driven one and therefore it will not be a film for the masses. Audiences must be attentive to every word of the script and in every nuance of the telling. This is something younger audiences as a whole will not be willing to do.
The film focuses on the few months when Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) was trying to end the war and was also striving to get the 13th Amendment passed. He knew he had the backing of the Republicans but he needed twenty Democrats. This was a do at all costs proposal and if it took twisting a few arms and awarding some patronage he was all for it.
The measure was being driven by Thaddeus Stephens (Tommy Lee Jones), who had dedicated most of his political life to seeing the end of slavery. The President was aided by a host of helpers including W. N. Bilbo (James Spader), Preston Blair (Hal Holbrook), James Ashley (David Costabile) and many others. His biggest supporter was his wife Mary (Sally Field).
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