Come to Village Theatre to meet the sixteenth president and those who helped him make history.
Daniel Day Lewis does an amazing job portraying our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln. He is captivating, funny, and vulnerable. He is so very human.
Opening with a brutal battle field scene, the movie so appropriately shares the words of the Gettysburg Address. I was teary and emotional within the first five minutes!
This movie is less about the brutal battles of war and more about the daily dealings in the white house and Congress. It is about battles Lincoln needs to win to capitalize on gains that have been made in war time with the Emancipation Proclamation. The movie highlights the sheer will of the president to acquire the votes necessary to pass the thirteenth amendment in the House of Representatives.
Lincoln has just been re-elected and recognizes that he must advance the momentum gained by his signature on the Emancipation Proclamation. The Union is not unanimous in its beliefs about equal rights, but Lincoln knows that a proclamation signed during war time may be revoked at war’s end. It is imperative that the thirteenth amendment pass before the end of the war or returning southern states will block it before it becomes law.
Lincoln and his Secretary of State turn to creative measures to gain the necessary votes to pass the amendment. If you know history, you will know what happens, but it is fantastic to watch. It is emotional and amazing and heavy. It may very well leave you speechless.
This is a portrayal of the 1860’s that almost made me feel like I was there. It not only allows you an intimate relationship with our sixteenth president but with the men who would help change history. It is a reminder of just how much things have changed since Lincoln was our president. The President was so accessible to the public, with people waiting in the halls of the White House for an opportunity at an audience with Lincoln. Night time was by candle light and battle field observations were done on horseback. People traveled by horse carriage and messages were most quickly sent or received by telegraph.
There is poignant language throughout the film and the casting is superb. Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens definitely gives the movie more character. James Spader is entertaining and Sally Field does a fantastic job as Mary Todd Lincoln. James Strathairn plays Secretary of State William Seward and Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays Robert Lincoln, the president’s son who demands permission to enlist and fight.
Fellow viewer Kate said that she can’t see anyone winning the best actor academy award but Daniel Day Lewis. She said, “The movie was great! I never realized the day to day struggle this man went through from his wife to the burden of the war, the pace of it and the back stage dealings.”
Some folks I talked to said it could have been thirty minutes shorter and while I have a hard time sitting for two and a half hours, I did not mind with this movie at all. Lincoln, however, has always been my favorite president and his speeches some of my favorite things to read and hear. I truly believe that in some ways it was by his sheer will that our country stayed united. I would see this movie again and would take the PG-13 rating to heart as the subject is quite involved for young children.
Stroll on down to the Village Theatre for a ride through history.
Running time 149 minutes
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