There has been a lot of buzz for Steven Spielberg's latest historical epic about that man on the five spot. I meant for that sentence to sound as simple and weak-minded as it did, as it balances with the overall quality of the entire movie. That's right, my fellow beings: Lincoln was an inadequate picture. The reason the preceding text is both grey and italicized is because it was written more than a week ago, when I actually watched the film. It is said that first impressions are the most accurate reactions, though I would not quite agree with that when the scope of cinema broadens. Specifically to other Oscar nominees. After watching Django Unchained, another film with a Civil War-era setting and considerable nominations, I realized that Lincoln was not as unfulfilling as I first conjectured. While it is a tad subjective, what movie about the Civil War and slavery isn't? The last, and perhaps only, great film of that genre is Gone With The Wind, which depicts each side of the slavery argument with flawless objectivity and accuracy (Margaret Mitchell was there to experience it herself.) As for such films of the present times, there exists no comparable film. That being said, Steven Spielberg did an excellent job with his adaptation on Abraham Lincoln, even though it was concerned with one certain period of his life. Really, the title is misleading. The film was, truly, as good as it gets when it comes to depicting Abraham Lincoln. One simply does not illustrate him as a villain or, heaven forbid, supporting slavery. Even if it might have been the truth, filmmakers are to avoid such a controversial area of history. The most one can do is explore Lincoln's hobby of hunting vampires. Isn't society sad? Since Ben Affleck is, regrettably, not in the Best Director field, Steven Spielberg should prepare to wait for everyone to sit done after his name is called, for the first time in thirteen years. (In other words, he should be ready to win.) Daniel Day-Lewis, surely, has composed a humble yet revered speech in his mind, for he is not so pompous as to have one prepared on paper in his jacket. And the supporting actors, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field, should--should--sit this one out, for there are others more worthy of such an honor, I'm afraid. Do not be repelled by the incredible length, for this is a historical epic that should be experienced, quite frankly, if not for Steven Spielberg then to be hypnotized by Daniel Day-Lewis in his embodiment of Abraham Lincoln. Though once is definitely enough.
|David Strathairn as Secretary of State William Seward|
Immensely overlooked actor. Much better than Tommy Lee Jones, I reckon.
P.S. You may have noticed that I mentioned Django Unchained as my reasoning for giving Lincoln a lighter, more accepting judgment. By that, one might assume that Django Unchained was not as extraordinary as I before said it would be. Also, this post has been in draft for more than a week, so several of the praising references to Django may not balance with other mentions I've made. Well, you'll be surprised, once I write about it in the near future. Have a pleasant week, and keep the winners of the Golden Globes to yourselves!