Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lincoln - Movie Review

Lincoln (PG-13) 150 minutes B
Lincoln's quest to abolish slavery

Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, Michael Stuhlbarg and Jared Harris

I liked this film, but didn't love it.  It's nicely adapted from Doris Kearns Goodwin's 2005 book, Team of Rivals, however; I agree with film critic Peter Deruge who described Lincoln as, "a respectable but waxy re-creation that feels somehow awe-inspiring yet chillingly lifeless to behold." 

Daniel Day-Lewis is as good as advertised, James Spader is an unsung scene stealer, and everyone else is generally hit or miss.  The political history is intriguing, as is Lincoln's family dynamic.  But, the film tends to be a little laborsome with a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.  

Recommended for those who like historical biopics.

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